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Upper Swell, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

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.

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 
Poor Law unionStow-on-the-Wold 

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

Church Records

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.

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 Upper Swell from the following:

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:

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