Cainscross, a village and an ecclesiastical parish in Stonehouse, Stroud, and Randwick parishes, Gloucestershire, 1 mile W of Stroud, under which it has a post, money order, and telegraph office. The ecclesiastical parish includes Ebley, Dudbridge, and parts of Pakenhill and Westrip. Population, 2598. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £154 with residence. The church was erected in 1837, and has an embattled western tower. There is a Congregational chapel at Ebley, and a cloth-mill at Dudbridge.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1838.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. Matthew (parish church)
The church of St. Matthew, erected in 1837, is a building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays, aisles, north and west porches and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing one bell: the organ was erected in 1883 at a cost of about £350: the stained east window was placed in 1897, in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of H.M. Queen Victoria, and there are four memorial windows to members of the Gobey family: between 1897 and 1901, the church was enlarged and reseated in oak, and a new chancel, morning chapel, organ chamber and vestry erected, at a cost of £5,638: there are now 650 sittings.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Cainscross from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Cain's-Cross)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
Online maps of Cainscross 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.