Hempstead (St. Swithin)
HEMPSTEAD (St. Swithin), a parish, in the Middle division of the hundred of Dudstone and King'sBarton, union, and E. division of the county, of Gloucester, 1¾ mile (S. W. by W.) from Gloucester; containing 224 inhabitants. The Gloucester and Berkeley canal passes through the parish, and the navigable river Severn runs along its western boundary. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £8; net income £449; patron, J. Higford, Esq. In a field are vestiges of some earthworks thrown up by the royalists during the civil war.