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Great Barrington, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Barrington, Great, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, on the verge of the county, 3½ miles NW of Burford, and 7 SW of Shipton station on the G.W.R., with a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acreage, 2990; population, 496. The manor belonged prior to the Conquest to Earl Harold; it was afterwards part of the possessions of Llanthony Abbey, and was for 200 years in the hands of the Bray family, till its purchase in 1734 by Lord Chancellor Talbot. The present mansion is a spacious modern edifice, within a park about 3 miles in circuit. Quarries of excellent freestone are worked, and supplied the material for Blenheim House and for the restoration of Westminster Abbey. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £202. The church is a handsome Perpendicular building, with an embattled tower; it was erected in 1511, and contains monuments to the Bray and Dynevor families. A Norman arch and other features point to an older church.

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 parishBarrington St. Mary 
Poor Law unionStow-on-the-Wold 

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

Church Records

The register dates from about the year 1547.

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


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a building of stone in the Norman and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of three bays, north aisle, north porch and an embattled tower containing 6 bells: in the aisle is a handsome marble monument with figures of an angel and two children, erected by Edmund Bray, in 1720, to the memory of his children, and in the chancel are mural tablets to Mary (de Cardonell), d. 1787, wife of William, and Baron and 1st Earl Talbot; and to George Talbot, 3rd Baron Dynevor, who died 9th April, 1852, and Frances (Townshend) his wife: here is also a recumbent, effigy, much mutilated, of a knight: the church has been restored since 1873 at a cost of £1,500, and affords sittings for 200 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 Great Barrington from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Great Barrington 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 districtOX18