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Highnam, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Highnam, Over, and Linton, a parish in Gloucestershire. It lies near the river Severn, 2 miles WNW of Gloucester, and has a post office under Gloucester; money order and telegraph office, Gloucester. Acreage, 2039; population, 313. Highnam Court was built by a pupil of Inigo Jones for Colonel Cooke, an adherent of Cromwell, passed to the baronet family of Guise, and now belongs to the Gambier Parry family. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1851, and includes the hamlets of Over and Linton. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £118 with residence. The church is modern and good, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and lofty spire.

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 
Civil parishChurcham 
HundredDudstone and Kings Barton 
Poor Law unionWestbury-upon-Severn 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1851.

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


Church of England

Holy Innocents (parish church)

The church of the Holy Innocents, built In 1851, is a splendid edifice of stone in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays, aisles, south porch and a tower with lofty spire containing 3 bells, and was erected and endowed at the sole cost of the late Thomas Gambier Parry esq. of Highnam Court, who with his own hand painted the frescoes with which the interior is profusely enriched: over the chancel arch is a representation of "The Last Judgment"; the wall of the north aisle exhibits the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem, the principal New Testament characters being represented in the procession; on the first bay of the south wall of the nave is "The Expulsion from Paradise," and on the corresponding bay of the north is "The Annunciation"; there are about 250 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 Highnam from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Highnam 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