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Stonehouse, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Stonehouse, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village stands adjacent to the Stroudwater Canal, 3 miles W of Stroud, and has a head post office and stations on the G.W.R. and M.R. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the woollen manufacture, and there is a manufactory of bricks, tiles, and pottery. Fairs are held on 1 May and 11 Oct., and there are two banks, a working men's institute, with reading-room and library, and a cottagers' horticultural society. The parish contains also Ebley village, part of Cainscross, and Haywards Field, formerly extra-parochial. Acreage, 1874; population of the civil parish, 4352; of the ecclesiastical, 2008. Stonehonse Court is an old Elizabethan mansion, once visited by Queen Elizabeth. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £334 with residence. Patron, the Crown. The church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1854, and restored and enlarged in 1884. There are Congregational and Wesleyan 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 parishStonehouse St. Cyril 
Poor Law unionStroud 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Stonehouse 1558-1812, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1558.

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


Church of England

St. Cyr (parish church)

The church of St. Cyr, rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1854, at a cost of £2,297, is a building of stone, in the Norman and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel with aisle, nave of five bays, aisles, north and west porches, and a low Perpendicular western tower containing 6 bells: the stained east window was presented by the late Rev. Thomas Peters B.A. rector of Eastington from 1837: in 1884 the church was restored and enlarged by the addition of a chancel aisle and vestry cost a cost of upwards of £1,000, the vestry being erected at the joint cost of Mrs. Kingdon and the late Mrs. Bawdwen: the latter also presented a brass eagle lectern. The celebrated George Whitfield was curate of this parish about 1736 and commenced his career of preaching in the open air in the churchyard because the church could not contain the congregation, from which circumstances he himself first excused his irregularity: the church has 550 sittings.


Baptist Chapel


Congregational Chapel

The Congregational chapel, erected in 1820, has 450 sittings.


Wesleyan Chapel

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stonehouse from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Stonehouse 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 districtGL10
Post TownStonehouse