UK Genealogy Archives logo

Preston on Stour, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Preston-on-Stour, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, on the river Stour, at the boundary with Warwickshire, 2½ miles ESE of Milcote station on the G.W.R., and 3½ S of Stratford-on-Avon. There is a post office under Stratford-on-Avon; money order office, Lower Quinton; telegraph office, Stratford-on-Avon. Acreage of parish, 1769; population, 276. Alscot Park is a spacious mansion standing in a well-wooded park. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £55. The church is of the 18th century date, with a 15th century tower which belonged to a church of that period; it contains monuments. of the Kemp and West families.

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 parishPreston-upon-Stour St. Mary Magdalene 
Poor Law unionStratford-upon-Avon 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore & co. transcript of the Marriages at Preston upon Stour 1541-1812 is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1540.

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


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a plain building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 3 bells: the chancel was restored by James Roberts-West esq. in 1904, at a cost of £800: there is a fine monument to the Kemp family, 1624, and several to the West family, including one to the late James Roberts-West esq. 1882, and others to William Mariett, 1719, and John Mariett, 1709: there are four stained windows, including the east window, presented by James West in 1754: in 1885 about a quarter of an acre of ground was given by James Roberts-West esq. as an addition to the churchyard, the old portion of which is closed: 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 Preston on Stour from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Preston on Stour 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.

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtCV37
Post TownStratford-Upon-Avon