Boddington, a parish in Gloucestershire, on the river Chelt, 4 miles NW by W of Cheltenham. It includes the hamlets of Barrow and Withey Bridge, and portion of that of Hayden. Post-town, Cheltenham. Acreage, 1982; population, 294. Boddington manor-house is a curious old mansion, formerly moated, and was besieged during the Civil War. The living is a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Staverton, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is ancient, and has a low western tower with a sun-dial; it was restored in 1876.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Boddington St. Mary Magdalene|
|Poor Law union||Tewkesbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1656.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. Mary Magdalen (parish church)
The church of St. Mary Magdalen is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a low western tower containing 3 bells: the tower has a sundial on the south side bearing the date 1719: the carved stone pulpit was erected in 1876 by the Rev. W. Waldey, then curate in charge; the chancel was rebuilt and the church thoroughly restored and reseated with oak benches at the same time: the porch retains a stoup: in 1891 the church underwent further restoration, the cost being defrayed by J. S. Gibbons esq.: there are 130 sittings: the churchyard was consecrated in the year 1469, with the consent of the Abbot of Tewkesbury.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Boddington from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Boddington (St. Mary Magdalene))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
Online maps of Boddington are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:
- Gloucester Citizen
- Gloucester Journal
- Gloucestershire Chronicle
- Gloucestershire Echo
- Cheltenham Chronicle
- Cheltenham Looker-On
Villages, Hamlets, &cBarrow
The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.