Weston Birt, Gloucestershire
Weston Birt, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village is 3½ miles SW by S of Tetbury, and 5 W by N of Malmesbury. It has a post office under Tetbury; money order office, Tetbury; telegraph office, Easton Grey. The parish includes Lasborough. Acreage, 1904; population, 258. The manor has been in the possession of the Holford family since the time of Charles II. Weston Birt House is a fine mansion rebuilt in the Italian style by Vulliamy, and standing in beautiful gardens and park. The living is a rectory, united with Lasborough, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £334 with residence. The church is Early English, was restored and enlarged in 1841, and restored again in 1879. It stands in a shrubbery in the gardens of the manor house, and contains a good monument by Westmacott to various members of the Holford family.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Weston-Birt St.Catherine|
|Poor Law union||Tetbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Weston Birt 1596-1812, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.
The register dates from the year 1611, but is very imperfect.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. Catherine (parish church)
The church of St. Catherine is an ancient building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled tower on the south side containing 2 bells: in the church is a monument. by Westmacott, to the Holford family, and another to R. S. Holford esq. M.P. d. 1892: the church was thoroughly restored and enlarged in 1841 and further restored in 1879 and has 220 sittings: in 1902 the chancel was raised, and a new organ added by Messrs. Liddiatt and Son.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Weston Birt from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Weston-Birt (St.Catherine))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
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.