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Bledington, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Bledington, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, on the verge of the county, adjacent to Chipping Norton junction on the G.W.R., and 4 miles SE of Stow-on-the-Wold. It has a post office under Chipping Norton; money order office, Kingham; telegraph office. Chipping Norton junction railway station. Acreage, 1539; population, 354. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value £150 with residence. Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church is ancient, chiefly Early English and Decorated; it contains interesting old stained glass, an aumbry, and a Norman font; it consists of chancel, nave with clerestory, and aisles, south porch, and an embattled western tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyGloucestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishBledington St. Leonard 
Poor Law unionStow-on-the-Wold 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1703; marriages, 1761.

The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.


Church of England

St. Leonard (parish church)

The church of St. Leonard is an ancient and interesting building of stone, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of three bays, south aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 6 bells: the nave, clerestory and aisles are Perpendicular; the western window is Decorated and the south porch and doorway are Early English: there is a piscina on the south side of the chancel and another in the south aisle, the old stained glass has been collected and re-arranged: the chancel was restored in 1881 in the Early English style, at a cost of £850, by Mr. J. E. K. Cutts, architect, of London, and the church was reseated in 1904 at a cost of £294: there are 95 sittings.


Wesleyan Chapel

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bledington from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.


Online maps of Bledington are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtOX7
Post TownChipping Norton