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Hailes, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Hailes or Hayles, a parish in Gloucestershire, under the Cotswolds, 2 miles NE of Winchcombe, and 6 SE of Beckford station on the M.R. Post town, Winchcombe (R.S.O.) Acreage, 1447; population, 63. The manor belonged anciently, to Osgot, the Saxon, and belongs now to Lord Sudeley. A Cistercian abbey was founded here in 1246 by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, was given at the dissolution to Sir Thomas Seymour, aud passed to the Marquis of Northampton and the Trades. Some interesting remains of the abbey are still standing. The living is a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Didbrook, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Patron, Lord Sudeley. The church is small, and was built in the 16th century.

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 
Poor Law unionWinchcomb 

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

Church Records

The register, included in that of Didbrook, dates from the year 1556.

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


Church of England

dedication unknown (parish church)

The chapel (name unknown) is a building of stone chiefly in the Decorated style, but retaining portions of the original fabric, erected in the reign of Stephen (1135-54), and consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a turret on the western gable containing one small bell: it was rebuilt after the Dissolution, and has 90 sittings.

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 Hailes from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Hailes 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 districtGL54
Post TownCheltenham