Upper Swell, Gloucestershire
Swell, Upper, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, 1 mile NW of Stow-on-the-Wold. Post town, Stow-on-the-Wold. Acreage, 1376; population, 74. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £80. The church is partly Norman, and contains a piscina and sedilia.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Stow-on-the-Wold|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1543.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. Mary (parish church)
The church of St. Mary is an ancient building of stone in the Norman and later styles, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a small western turret containing 2 bells: the chancel arch and doorway are Norman, beautifully decorated with lozenge moulding; the chancel is Norman with the exception of the east window, which has Decorated tracery, and is filled with stained glass, placed in 1872 as a memorial to Mrs. Eliza Arch Pole: the chancel retains a piscina and sedilia, and there is a Perpendicular font: there are sittings for 70 persons.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Upper Swell from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Swell, Upper)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
Online maps of Upper Swell are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:
- Gloucester Citizen
- Gloucester Journal
- Gloucestershire Chronicle
- Gloucestershire Echo
- Cheltenham Chronicle
- Cheltenham Looker-On
The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.