Westbury on Severn  Gloucestershire


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

WESTBURY-ON-SEVERN, a village, a parish, and a district, in Gloucester. The village stands near the river Severn, 1½ mile SSW of Grange-Court r. station, and 2½ NNE of Newnham; and has a post-office under Gloucester.—The parish includes 11 tythings, and contains the district workhouse. ...

Acres, 8,695; of which 670 are water. Rated property, £12,923. Pop., 2,501. Houses, 492. The property is much subdivided. Rodley manor belongs to Gen. Sir J. W. Guise, Bart.; and Northwood manor, to Col.Leslie. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £292.* Patrons, the Custos and Vicars-Choral of Hereford Cathedral. The church is decorated and later English; was partly restored in 1862; and has a detached tower and spire. There are Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and charities £23.—The district consists of Huntley and Newnham sub-districts, and comprises 43,246 acres. Poor rates, in 1863, £6,554. Pop. in 1851, 18,124; in 1861, 20,189. Houses, 4,081. Marriages in 1863, 129; births, 753,-of which 41 were illegitimate; deaths, 377, -of which 161 were at ages under 5 years, and 14 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,220; births, 6,922; deaths, 3,498. The places of worship, in 1851, were 17 of the Church of England, with 6,120 sittings; 7 of Independents, with 1,435 s.; 4 of Baptists, with 826 s.; 8 of Wesleyans, with 1,072 s.; 3 of Bible Christians, with 304 s.: and 2 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 700 s. The schools were 20 public day-schools, with 1,581 scholars; 30 private day-schools, with 424 s.: and 23 Sunday schools, with 1,850 s.

Westbury on Severn through time

Westbury on Severn is now part of Forest of Dean district. Click here for graphs and data of how Forest of Dean has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Westbury on Severn itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Westbury on Severn, in Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 30th June 2022

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