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Ruardean, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Ruardean, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, 2½ miles SE of Kerne Bridge station on the G.W.R., and 6 S of Ross. There is a post and money order office under Mitcheldean (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Drybrook. Acreage, 1630; population of the civil parish, 1284; of the ecclesiastical, 1028. There are ruins of an ancient castle. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £150 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is partly Norman, and has a tower and handsome spire. It was restored in 1891. There are Congregational and Bible Christian chapels, and a parish council of nine members.

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 parishRuardean St. John the Baptist 
HundredSt. Briavells 
Poor Law unionRoss 

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

Church Records

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. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist, built in 1111, is an edifice of stone in the Norman and later styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, south porch and a western tower with lofty spire and pinnacles, containing a clock and 8 bells; the west window displays much rich tracery and the chancel retains a piscina: the church was restored in 1873, 1890 and 1891, at a total cost of £2,970, and now affords sittings for 500 persons.


Congregational Chapel

The Congregational chapel, founded in 1789, has 320 sittings.


United 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 Ruardean from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Ruardean 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 districtGL17