Leonard Stanley  Gloucestershire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Leonard Stanley like this:

LEONARD-STANLEY, or STANLEY-ST. LEONARDS, a village and a parish in Stroud district, Gloucester. The village stands 1 mile E by S of Frocester r. station, 1½ S by E of Stonehouse r. station, and 3½ SW by W of Stroud; was once a market-town; was nearly all destroyed by fire in 1686; and has a post office under Stonehouse, and a fair on 20 July. ...

The parish contains also the hamlet of Downton, and includes the detached tract of Lorridge. Acres, 1,070. Real property, £4,188; of which £655 are in railways. Pop., 864. Houses, 193. The manor belonged at Domesday to Richard de Berkeley; and belongs now to Mrs. P. Jones. Townsend House is the residence of - Minchin, Esq.; and the Priory is occupied by John Townsend, Esq. A Benedictine priory, a cell to Gloucester abbey, was founded here, in 1146, by one of the Berkeleys; was given, at the dissolution, to the Kingstons; and has left some fragmentary remains. Sandford's knoll commands an extensive and beautiful view. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £220.* Patron, Mrs. P. Jones. The church is Norman and cruciform; is said to have belonged to the priory; has a low massive tower, of interesting character; and contains monuments of the Sandfords, and of the last prior Croose. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £30.

Leonard Stanley through time

Leonard Stanley is now part of Stroud district. Click here for graphs and data of how Stroud has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Leonard Stanley itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Leonard Stanley, in Stroud and Gloucestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd October 2021

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