Brookthorpe or Brookthrop or Brockthrop, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, under the Wolds, 2½ miles NNE of Haresfield station on the M.R., and 4 miles S of Gloucester. There is a post office under Gloucester, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage of the civil parish, 1094; population, 180; of the ecclesiastical with Whaddon, 426. The living is a vicarage united with the vicarage of Whaddon and part of Tuffley in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £254 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Gloucester, two turns, and the Neeld family, one turn. The church is Early English, with a saddle-back tower, and has on the cornice of the south porch a curious inscription relating to the execution of Charles I.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Brookthorpe 1617-1812, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.
The register of Brookthorpe dates from 1730.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. Swithen (parish church)
The church of St. Swithen is a small but ancient building of stone in the First Pointed or Early English style of the 13th century, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a western saddle-backed tower, containing a clock and 2 bells: in the cornice of the south porch, rudely cut, is a curious chronogram referring to the martyrdom of Charles I. A memorial window was placed, about 1897, to the Rev. Stuart Majendie B.A. vicar 1883-95; and there is another to the Rev. Dr. Bailey, a former vicar: the church was completely restored in 1892 at a cost of £1,200, and affords 110 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
Online maps of Brookthorpe 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
The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.