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Rodborough, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Rodborough, a large and scattered village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village stands near Stroud river, three-quarters of a mile SSW of Stroud. It has a post office under Stroud; money order and telegraph office, Stroud. The parish comprises 1317 acres; population of the civil parish, 2955; of the ecclesiastical, 2554. There are several good residences, and some woollen-cloth mills and dyeworks. Rodborough Hill commands an extensive and very fine view, and has remains of a Roman camp. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £280 with residence. The church, excepting the tower (which is 500 years old), was rebuilt in 1842, and is in a florid Later English style. A lectureship is attached to the church, and is in the gift of Brasenose College, Oxford. Portions of the parish are included in the ecclesiastical parishes of Brimscombe and Amberley. 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 parishRodborough Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionStroud 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1692.

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


Church of England

St. Mary Magdalen (parish church)

The church of St. Mary Magdalen, anciently called "Holy Trinity," rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1842, is a building of stone, chiefly in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, and consists of chancel, nave of four bays, aisles, south and west porches and an embattled western tower of Norman date, with pinnacles, and containing a clock and one bell: the Jacobean pulpit and sanctuary chairs were the gift of Jasper Estcourte esq. ob. 1624, and bear his arms: in 1895-6 the church was restored, a chancel, south aisle, vestry and organ chamber built, and the whole re-seated under the direction of Mr. Arthur S. Cooke, of Pagan Hill, Stroud, at a cost of £2,200: the church was at one time a chantry of the priory of Minchinhampton: there are about 550 sittings.


Congregational Chapel

The Congregational chapel, founded in 1745, has sittings for 700 persons.


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 Rodborough from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Rodborough 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 districtGL5
Post TownStroud