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Horsley, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Horsley, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village stands on the side of the Cotswolds, 1½ mile SW of Nailsworth, and 5 miles S of Stroud, was once a market-town, consists chiefly of old houses, irregularly built, and has a post office under Stroud; money order and telegraph office, Nailsworth. The parish includes also the hamlets of Chaven-age, Barton End, Down End, Rockness, and Nupp End. Acreage, 3268; population, 1136. A Tudor manor house, with chapel attached, is at Chavenage. An ancient priory, a cell to St Martin du Tours, stood near the church, passed to Bruton Abbey, and is now represented by only a gateway. The living is a vicarage, united with Chavenage, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £193 with residenee. Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is Perpendicular, and consists of nave, transepts, and chancel, with a tower containing six bells. There is a Wesleyan chape

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 parishHorsley St. Martin 
Poor Law unionStroud 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Horsley 1591-1811, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.

The parish register dates from the year 1587.

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


Church of England

St. Martin (parish church)

The church of St. Martin, built on the site of an earlier church, is an edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts and a tower of the 14th century, containing a clock and 6 bells: there is one stained window: the church was restored in 1887, at a cost of £642, and affords sittings for 450 persons.


Wesleyan Chapel

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 Horsley from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Horsley 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:

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Barton End

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL6
Post TownStroud