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Clapton, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Clapton-on-the-HilI, a parish in Gloucestershire, on the Cotswolds, 4 miles NE of Northleach, and 2 S of Bourton-on-the-Water station on the G.W.R. Post town, Bourton-on-the-Water (R.S.O.) Acreage, 819; population, 115. The living is a chapelry, annexed with that of Lower Slaughter to the rectory of Bourton-on-the-Water, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Population of the ecclesiastical district, 1492. Patron, Wadham College, Oxford. The church is dedicated to St James, consisting of nave, chancel, and bell cot, is an old building in decent repair.

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 parishClapton St. James 
Poor Law unionStow-on-the-Wold 

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

Church Records

The separate register dates only from the year 1873, the registers of Bourton-on-the-Water and Lower Slaughter having been previously used.

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


Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The church of St. James is a small, ancient edifice of stone, chiefly in the Early English style, with some debased Perpendicular insertions, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a small turret containing one bell: a vestry was added in 1912: there are sittings for 100 persons.


Baptist 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 Clapton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Clapton 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 districtBA3
Post TownRadstock