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Oxenhall, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Oxenhall, a parish in Gloucestershire, three-quarters of a mile NW of Newent, 2¼ miles E of the boundary with Herefordshire, and 9 NW of Gloucester. It was anciently called Horsenehal, and consists entirely of scattered dwellings. Post town, Newent, under Gloucester. Acreage, 2250; population of the civil parish, 218; of the ecclesiastical, 190. The manor, with The Furnace and most of the land, belongs to the Onslow family. Coal and ironstone have been found, but are not now worked. A tunnel of the Hereford and Gloucester Canal is here, 6576 feet long. Water of good quality and quantity is to be found in the parish, and the Gloucester Corporation are boring with a view to forming a reservoir in the neighbourhood, from which to supply the city of Gloucester. The first sod of the new waterworks was cut in 1894. A Roman settlement was at Cold Harbour. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £96 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church, dedicated to St Anne, consists of nave and chancel, with porch, and W tower and spire, contains an old leaden font, and, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1868.

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 unionNewent 

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

Church Records

The existing register dates from 1665; the earlier register is supposed to have perished in 1664, when the vicarage house was destroyed by fire.

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


Church of England

St. Anne (parish church)

The church of St. Anne is a building of stone, in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, with spire, containing 3 bells: in the chancel are two memorial windows, one of which was erected to John Fendall, d. 1862, and his wife, d. 1878: the font is of lead and of early date: the church, with the exception of the tower and spire, was rebuilt in 1868, under the direction of the late Mr. Middleton, architect, of Cheltenham: in 1912 the tower was restored at a cost of about £300: there are 150 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 Oxenhall from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Oxenhall 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.

DistrictForest of Dean
RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL18