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North Nibley, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Nibley, North, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village stands under a knoll of the Cotswolds, 2 miles NW of Wotton-under-Edge, and 2 SW of Dursley; is supposed to have been the birthplace of Tyndale, the translator of the Bible, and has a post office under Dursley; money order and telegraph office, Dursley. A monument to Tyndale was erected in 1866 on Nibley Knoll, overlooking the village. It is a Gothic tower 111 feet high, surmounted by a cross. The parish comprises 3283 acres; population of the civil parish, 784; of the ecclesiastical, 801. The manor belongs to Lord Fitzhardinge, The right to the manor was fought between the Berkeleys and the Lisles in 1469 on Nibley Green. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £180 with residence. Patron, Christchurch, Oxford. The church is mainly Perpendicular, but the chancel was rebuilt in I860, and is in the Early English style. A N porch was erected in 1874, and a reredos in 1873. There are a chapel of ease and a Congregational chapel.

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 parishNorth Nibley St. Martin 
Poor Law unionDursley 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1567.

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


Church of England

Chapel of Ease, Ridge

The chapel of ease at Ridge is a small building of stone, standing in the private grounds of the Ridge House.

St. Martin (parish church)

The church of St. Martin, anciently a chapel to Wotton-under-Edge, is a building of stone, chiefly in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, with some remains of Norman work, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays, south aisle, north porch and a low embattled western tower with pinnacles and containing a clock and 6 bells: all the chancel windows are stained, and there is a memorial window to the Rev. H. Williams M.A. incumbent 1889-91, erected on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897: the chancel was rebuilt in the Early English style in 1860, from designs by the late Mr. J. L. Pearson R.A.: the porch was erected in 1873, and a mosaic reredos added in 1874; the tower was partly rebuilt in 1896, the bells re-hung, and a new clock, with chimes, erected at a cost of nearly £800, as a memorial to the Rev. H. F. Jones M.A. incumbent 1892-5: a new oak screen was erected under the tower in 1905: the church affords 400 sittings.


Congregational 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 North Nibley from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of North Nibley 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 districtGL11
Post TownDursley