Coaley or Cowley, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, 2 miles NE of Coaley Junction station, and 2 SW of Frocester station on the M.R., and 3 NNE of Dursley, with a post office under Dursley; money order and telegraph office, Cam. Acreage, 2948; population, 654. There is an edge-tool manufactory. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £200 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church was rebuilt in 1857. There is a Wesleyan chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Coaley St. Bartholomew|
|Poor Law union||Dursley|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Coaley 1625-1812, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.
The register dates from the year 1581.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. Bartholomew (parish church)
The church of St. Bartholomew is an edifice of stone, rebuilt (with the exception of the tower) in 1857, at a cost of £2,000, under the direction of Messrs. Jacques and Son, architects, in the Early English style; it consists of chancel, nave of five bays, north aisle, north porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 6 bells: the stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. W. J. Evans, vicar here 1883-1907: there are 300 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Coaley from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Coaley (St. Bartholomew))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
Online maps of Coaley 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.