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Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Pucklechurch, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village stands 3 miles NE of Mangotsfield station on the M.R., and 5 SSW of Chipping Sodbury. It was once a. market-town, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bristol. The parish contains also the hamlet of Shortwood. Acreage, 2261; population of the civil parish, 1335; of the ecclesiastical, 1555. There is a parish council consisting of nine members and a chairman. The manor belongs to the Earl of Radnor. Shortwood Lodge is a chief residence. There are several coal pits. King Edmund I. was killed here in 946 by the robber Liofa as he sat at a-banquet on the feast of Sb Augustine. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Abson, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £371 with residence. Patrons,. The Dean and Chapter of Wells. The church is Early English and Decorated, and was restored in 1889. There are Congregational and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishPuckle-Church St. Thomas à Becket 
Poor Law unionChipping-Sodbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1590.

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


Church of England

St. Thomas the Martyr (parish church)

The church of St. Thomas the Martyr is an ancient building of stone, in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, porch and a tower with pinnacles containing a clock and 6 bells: there are mural monuments to the Dennis and Ridley familes, and two canopied tombs with carved effigies of a male and female, clad in flowing robes: four of the windows are stained, and include one to the Rev. Canon Thomas Boucher Coney M.A. for 45 years vicar of this parish, 1839-84: the church was restored in 1889-90, at a cost of £1,246, and has 300 sittings.


Congregational Chapel


Primitive Methodist 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 Pucklechurch from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Pucklechurch 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.

CountySouth Gloucestershire
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS16
Post TownBristol