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Cranham, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Cranham, a parish in Gloucestershire, on the Cotswolds, 2½ miles NE of Pamswick, 6 S of Gloucester, and 6 NNE of Stroud. It has a post office under Stroud; money order and telegraph office, Painswick. Acreage, 1914; population, 324. The manufacture of flower pots is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church was restored in 1866, and has a good peal of six bells.

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 parishCranham St. James 
Poor Law unionStroud 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1666.

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


Church of England

St. James the Great (parish church)

The church of St. James the Great, restored in 1866, was entirely rebuilt in 1894-5, with the exception of the tower and south aisle, which, together with the chancel, was lengthened 3 feet, and a north aisle and vestry added; a fine new oak roof was erected over the nave, the church reseated throughout with oak benches and the ancient oak screen repaired: the church is now in mixed styles, and consists of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, porch, vestry and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells and a clock, placed in 1897 in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of H.M. Queen Victoria. The cost, amounting to about £3,000, was chiefly borne by T. Dyer Edwardes esq. of Prinknash Park: the stained east window was erected by W. S. Hall esq. to the memory of his father: Mr. Hall also presented an organ, at a cost of £300: there are 120 sittings.


Congregational 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 Cranham from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Cranham 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 districtGL4
Post TownGloucester