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Elmore, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Elmore, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, near the river Severn, 5 miles SW of Gloucester. Post town, Gloucester. Acreage of the civil parish, 1820; population, 430; of the ecclesiastical, 346. Elmore Court has been the seat of the Guise family, the lords of the manor, since the reign of Henry III. The mansion, rebuilt in the reign of Elizabeth, commands extensive views, and contains valuable paintings. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £100. The church is Early English, and was restored in 1879; it contains monuments to the Guise family.

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 parishElmore St. John the Baptist 
HundredDudstone and Kings Barton 
Poor Law unionGloucester 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1560.

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


Church of England

St. John (parish church)

The church of St. John is an ancient building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel with aisle, nave of three bays, south aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells: there are monuments and stone slabs within the altar rails, belonging to the Guise family, including a raised tomb with the rude figure of a man, and a marginal inscription to John Gyse, ob. 1479, and Alice his wife, and other memorials to Sir William Guyse, ob. 1642; Margaret (Kenn), his wife, and William, his son, ob. 1653; and to William Guise esq. d. 1716, and Dorothea (Snell), his wife, d. 1738; and Henry Guise esq. d. 1749: the church was restored in 1879, at a cost of nearly £1,500, and again in 1899 at a cost of about £150: there are sittings for 350 persons.

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 Elmore from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Elmore 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 districtGL2
Post TownGloucester