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Poulton, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Poulton, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village stands 3½ miles W of Fairford, and 5½ ESE of Cirencester, and has a post and telegraph office under Fairford (S.O.); money order office, Fairford. The parish comprises 1600 acres; population, 406. There is a parish council of five members and a chairman. A Gilbertine priory, a cell to Sempringham Abbey, was founded here about 1347 by Thomas Seymour. Stone and slate quarries are in the neighbourhood. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £68 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The old church was pulled down in 1875, and a new church in the Early English style was erected.

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 parishPoulton St. Michael 
HundredCrowthorne and Minety 
Poor Law unionCirencester 

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

Church Records

The register of marriages dates from the year 1703; baptisms, 1695; burials, 1695.

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


Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The new church of St. Michael, erected in the village partly with materials from the old church, at a cost of £2,239, is a building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, vestry, and a western turret containing 3 bells: there are sittings for 290 persons.

St. Michael (old) (parish church)

The old church of St. Michael stood about half a mile from the village, but in consequence of its dilapidated condition it was pulled down in 1873, and a new church erected in the village (partly with the old materials), at a cost of £2,239.

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 Poulton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Poulton 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:

Parochial History

The parish was formerly in Wiltshire, but was annexed to the county of Gloucester by the Acts 2 and 3 William IV. cap. 64, and 7 and 8 Vict. cap. 61.

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL7