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Colesbourne, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Colesbourne or Cowlesborne, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, among the Cotswolds, near the highest source of the river Thames, 3 miles E of Ermine Street, 5½ SE of Charlton Kings station and 6 SW of Andoversford station on the G.W.R., 7½ NW of Cirencester, 7¼ SSE of Cheltenham, and 3 SW of Wittington on the Midland and South-Westem Junction railway. Post town, Andoversford; money order office, North Cerney; telegraph office, Andoversford. Acreage, 2198; population, 242. Colesbourne Park, the seat of the Elwes family, is a modern Elizabethan mansion. Colesbourne Pen Hill is one of the highest summits in the county. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £102. The church is Ealry Perpendicular English, and has been restored.

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 parishColesborne St. James 
Poor Law unionCirencester 

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

Church Records

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Colesbourne from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL53
Post TownCheltenham