Hill, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, on the Severn, 4 miles N of Thombury. The village has a post office under Falfield (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Falfield. The parish comprises 2053 acres; population, 214. Hill Court, supposed to occupy the site of a nunnery of the 12th century, belongs to the Fust family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £140 with residence. The church is Early English, and has a mortuary chapel containing monuments of the Fust family. It is well fitted with handsome oak benches of the 14th century, in good preservation.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Hill St. Michael|
|Poor Law union||Thornbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1629.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. Michael (parish church)
The church of St. Michael is an ancient building of stone, in the Early English style, repaired in 1759, and consists of chancel with south chapel, nave, south porch and a small western tower, with spire, containing one bell: the old oak benches date from the 14th century: the chancel is raised considerably above the nave, and has on its south side the Fust mortuary chapel, built by Sir Edward Fust, 3rd bart. about 1700, and repaired in 1864 by Herbert Jenner-Fust esq. of Hill Court: there are 150 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Hill from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Hill (St. Michael))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
Online maps of Hill are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:
- Gloucester Citizen
- Gloucester Journal
- Gloucestershire Chronicle
- Gloucestershire Echo
- Cheltenham Chronicle
- Cheltenham Looker-On
The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.