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Shipton, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Shipton, a parish in Gloucestershire, with a station (Dowdeswell) on the Midland and South-Western Junction railway, 2 miles S of Andoversford station on the G.W.R., 6 WNW of Northleach, and 7 SE of Cheltenham. Post town, Andoversford (R.S.O.) The parish was formed by the union in 1872 of the parishes of Shipton Oliffe and Shipton Sollars, and comprises 2816 acres; population of the civil parish, 354; of the ecclesiastical, 340. Limestone is abundant. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £313 with residence. The church is Norman. The ancient church of Shipton Sollars was restored in 1884 after having been closed for years.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1655.

The register dates from the year 1653.

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


Church of England

St. Mary the Virgin, Shipton Sollars

The church of St. Mary the Virgin is a small building of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel and nave and a small western bell turret containing one bell: after having been closed for 20 years, it was restored in 1884 by Mrs. Pugh, at a cost of £150, and reconsecrated on Wednesday, June 10, 1884: special services are held here on Sunday evenings in the summer months: there are 120 sittings.

St. Oswald (parish church)

The church of St. Oswald is an edifice of stone, in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, south transept and a western turret containing 2 bells: there is a piscina and portions of sedilia in the chancel: during 1903-4 the church underwent a complete restoration, under the superintendence of the late Mr. H. A. Prothero, architect, of Cheltenham, at a cost of over £1,000: there are sittings for 100 persons.


Primitive Methodist Chapel

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Shipton 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 districtGL54
Post TownCheltenham