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Brimpsfield, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Brimpsfield, a parish in Gloucestershire. The old Ermine Street was on the N side of it. It is 5½ miles from Leckhampton station on the Oxford, Banbury, and Cheltenham line, and 6½ miles from Cheltenham. It includes the hamlet of Caudle-Green and part of that of Birdlip. It has a post office under Gloucester; money order office, Pains-wick; and telegraph office at Birdlip. Acreage, 2729; population of the civil parish, 337; of the ecclesiastical with Granham, 654. A castle belonging to the Giffards stood here, and was destroyed by Edward II. A Benedictine priory also was here, a cell to Fontenay Abbey in Normandy. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £230 with residence. The church is-partly Norman, and is supposed to have originally formed and west doorway are Early English. The church was carefully restored in 1874. There are Congregational and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishBrimpsfield St. Michael 
Poor Law unionCirencester 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1587.

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


Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The church of St. Michael is an edifice of stone, in the Early English, Norman and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled central tower of the 16th century, containing 3 bells: the nave is supposed to have been part of the priory: the chancel has no east window: the south porch and chancel are Norman, the latter retains a piscina of Early English date: in the north wall is a portion of a spiral stair, formerly leading to the rood loft: on the chancel wall are inscribed brasses (removed from floor stones when the church was restored) to Humphrey Taylor, 1797; Ann, daughter of Edward Palling, 1798; William Lawrence, 1708-9, and Mary, his wife, 1701, and Isaac Lawrence, 1759; Elizabeth, his wife, 1757: there are wall tablets to Humphrey Taylor, of Caudle Green, 1745, and Mary his wife, 1752, and various members of their family, 1745 to 1787; and to the Rev. William Walbank, rector of this parish, 1784: the church was restored in 1883, at a cost of £1,000, the chancel by the father of the then rector, and the rest of the building at a cost of £800, of which sum W. K. Wait esq. contributed £200: there are 150 sittings.


Congregational Chapel


Primitive Methodist 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 Brimpsfield from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Brimpsfield 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:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL4
Post TownGloucester