Over 125,000 entries and details of where to find them.
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Compiled by Tim Randles for G.F.H.S.
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Survey of Memorials in St Matthew’s Church and Churchyard, Twigworth 2016-17.
Introduction. The output of this survey comprises a set of 5 ‘plans’ of the graveyard, a ‘Word’ tabulation of the individual memorial inscriptions and photographs of every memorial. The survey was carried out by physical inspection and photographic recording over the 18 month period between March 2016 and October 2017.
The layout plans. There was no plan of the churchyard available so, for the purpose of this survey, I assumed a crude grid across the whole churchyard and assigned a grid reference to each memorial. The grid squares run from ‘AA’ to ‘BY’ south – north along the road frontage and numbers 01-30 from front to back of the churchyard. It has subsequently been drawn to my attention that the lettering seems back to front when viewed on plan or from the road but it made sense to me when I was working inside the churchyard, starting at the southern end and using the road frontage as a datum line! The grid is only approximate because the churchyard is not rectangular and many graves are not actually in straight lines. There are 4 ‘plans’ (actually ‘Word’ tabulations) to cover the whole churchyard. They are certainly not to scale; indeed they are very distorted, but nevertheless they are very helpful for locating the memorials. There is a 5th plan which covers the Ashes Garden which lies at the northern end of the churchyard. Again, it is a ‘word’ tabulation of a separate grid system which runs from CA to CS on its south to north axis, and from 01-15 on the west to east axis. I have not marked the location of the memorials within the church on any plan but they were recorded in order walking around the inside of the church in a clockwise direction.
The database This has nine columns: 1. A unique number for each physical memorial and which has been generated solely for convenience in preparing this database. Where more than one life is commemorated on a single headstone then they will both have the same number. Where a memorial has more than one side, or where the tomb consists of a series of plaques then they will each have a, b etc after the memorial number. 2. A ‘Grid reference’ (see above). This is unique to any one memorial, except in a very few cases where the graves are unusually close together. 3. Surname. Where a married woman’s maiden name is also given on the memorial then she is entered twice in the list, using both surnames. 4. First names, taken from the memorial. In a few cases, where only nicknames or initials are recorded on the memorial, this may be supplemented with information from the burial register in order to facilitate searches of the database. 5. Date of death, from the memorial. In a few cases where the date was not legible or available I may have quoted the year from the burial register. 6. Age at death, from the gravestone. Where this was not available the age may have been taken from the burial register. 7. A transcript of the memorial inscription. Unreadable sections are shown by [ ]. 8. The burial date, taken from the Church Burial register. 9. Any other information.
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For more than fifty years H.Y.J. Taylor wrote articles about various aspects of Gloucester history and its citizens. Includes some Memorial Inscriptions.
Between 1976 and 1987, some 5,500 headstones were removed from the Old Cemetery Tredworth Road, Gloucester.
This Index lists those inscriptions and the 15,000 names associated with them.
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Survey of Memorials in St Andrew’s Church and Churchyard, Miserden.
This database of Memorials is based mainly on their physical inspection and photographic recording over the 12 month period between July 2014 and July 2015. However, it does also refer to four other documents.
1. A hand-written set of indexes of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials at Miserden from 1574 to 1974 which is currently held by the church. I understand that this was probably prepared by a church-warden who extracted the information from the Parish registers. They are remarkable documents, neatly written and organised by date and surname – not a simple task before computerisation. Where relevant I have given the burial date from this index as well as the date of death from the gravestone. They don’t always tally and researchers should always check the original Parish registers to minimise any transcription errors.
2. The “Record of Church furnishings” for St Andrew’s Church prepared 1995-97 by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). This provides enormous detail of the Memorials inside the church, including the stained glass windows. A few of the older inscriptions are in latin and, in most of these cases, an English translation is contained in the NADFAS report.
3. Ralph Bigland’s “Historical, Monumental, and Genealogical Collections relative to the County of Gloucester”. This was first published at the end of the eighteenth century but was reissued in the 1990s by Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Three pages of this relate to the Miserden inscriptions and they, in theory, list the gravestones existing in the churchyard c1790, but it appears far from comprehensive: there are many current gravestones which pre-date 1790 but which are not listed by Bigland. However there are many listed in his book which no longer exist and, for the sake of completeness, I have included all these in this database. For copyright reasons, in these cases, I have only used the name and year of death (supplemented by the burial date from the register index) and researchers will need to refer to Bigland to see what, if any, further information is available.
Tim Randles. June 2016
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Survey of Memorials in St Katharine’s Church and Churchyard,
Matson, Gloucester. 2015-16.
This database of Memorials is based mainly on their physical inspection and photographic recording over the period between July 2015 and May 2016. However, it does also reference the following documents:
1. The Church burial registers and their transcriptions. It should be noted that there are occasionally discrepancies between the information in the register and that written on the memorials. The registers do contain information in some cases about the location of the grave, cross referenced to the churchyard layout plans (see below).
2. Ralph Bigland’s “Historical, Monumental, and Genealogical Collections relative to the County of Gloucester”. This was first published at the end of the eighteenth century but was reissued in the 1990s by Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Two pages of this relate to the Matson inscriptions and they, in theory, list the gravestones and memorials existing in the churchyard c1790, but it may be far from comprehensive. There are many listed in his book which are no longer apparent and, for the sake of completeness, I have
included all these in this database. For copyright reasons, in these cases, I have only used the name and year of death (supplemented by information from the burial register) and researchers will need to refer to Bigland to see what, if any, further information is available.
3. A plan of the old churchyard originally “revised and renumbered” in Easter 1940 by the Rector, Francis H Charles and subsequently updated through the years, although it has become clear that some of the subsequent additions have not been plotted with any accuracy.
4. Other sketch plans, supplied by the church, of the location of modern graves, using the
modern burial register number.
Tim Randles. June 2016
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By Gloucestershire Family History Society
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Clearwell, Ruardean Congregational Church, & John the Baptist, Ruardean
Drybrook Holy Trinity
Mitcheldean St Michael and All Angles
Viney Hill All Saints Burial Ground
ST PAUL’S, PARKEND GLOUCESTERSHIRE
MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS RECORDED AND TRANSCRIBED BY MEMBERS OF THE FOREST OF DEAN BRANCH, GLOUCESTERSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY 2015, 2016 & 2017
EDITED BY G. K. DAVIS
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A NOTE ON PLOT M – THE OLD CHURCHYARD The entries in the index below for the ‘Old Churchyard’ (referred to as plot ‘M’ in this Record) are taken from a survey carried out by the late Mr Geoff Waygood of Parkend.
The inscriptions survey of the Old Churchyard was given by Mr Waygood to the church to enable funds to be raised for the church through sale of copies.
Copies of Mr Waygood’s survey are held by the church and enquiries can be made via email to email@example.com
The Gloucestershire Family History Society are grateful to the Clergy and Parishioners of Parkend St Paul’s for their co-operation in this project.
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Over 25,000 names on more than 500 Memorials
(includes, where known. Age, Rank, Regiment and Year of Death)
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