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"Wootton [sic] Under Edge includes the villages of Alderley & Kingswood,* lies 20 miles from Gloucester 15 from Stroud and 9 mi. from Minchinhampton. Its ancient name was "Wootton-Under-Ridge". The Lord of the Manor in 1830 was Colonel William Fitzhardinge BERKELEY. The vicar in 1830 was Revd. PERKINS. John BIDDLE master of the Crypt School in Gloucester was born here (he died in Newgate in 1662). In the Parliamentary returns for 1821 the parish had 5,004 inhabitants - Alderley had 235 inhabitants and Kingswood 1,391 persons." (Piggot's Directory for 1830, which includes no Combs, &c.)

*Symmonsale (Symonds Hall) and Combe is a Hamlet in Wotton-Under-Edge according to PRO Index HO 107/1958 and the following:

1547 and 1558- Special Collections: Rentals and Surveys, Rolls. SC 11/228. "Combe, Cromhall, Bayes, in Horton, Symond's Hall [in Wotton under Edge], Wotton, Sinwell, Nibley, Wortley, Haw Park: Part of a survey of the lands of Henry, Lord Berkeley, taken under a special commission of 36 Hen. VIII. [Eliz.]" (Combs &c. Extractions from the PRO Catalogue, Special Collection Series - record not yet acquired)

Excerpted from a transcript taken from :Gloucestershire Notes and Queries. Vol. V. 1891-1893, Pages 85 to 88. Edited by W.P.W. PHILLIMORE, M.A., B.C.L., Published in 1894. London, England. Transcribed by Brenda Pickard. (2)

WOTTON FORINE [Foreign]. View of Frankpledge held Monday after the feast of Simon and Jude. 35 Henry VIII. [1543] before Anthony KINGSTON, knight, chief steward.


JURORS for the Lord the King: John FRYER, Thomas DORNEY, Giles CLAYFIELD, James a BARNESDALE, James DUNNYNG, William RYE, John HARDYNG, Anthony MABBOTT, John FORDES, John BROWNINGE, William FORDIS, Walter FRYER.

SYMMONSHALL AND COMBE. [Presentments]. Officer elected: Roger COME, tithingman.

WORTLEY. [Presentments]. Officer elected: Robert HOPKYNS, tithingman.

GENERAL VERDICT by all the twelve jurors concludes the business of the court.

Note that the following record may have preceded the above:

22 Jun 1377 - 17 Nov 1558 Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Early Proceedings, Richard II to Philip and Mary. C 1/731/12. "Mores BROWNE. v. John COLYNS, incumbent of the chapel of Wortley: Detention of deeds relating to land in Wortley, late of William COMBE, deceased. (Pedigree traced for six generations.): Gloucester. (PRO Index ) [SW: Morris, COLLINS]

Kingswood near Wotton: "Formerly a detached portion of Wiltshire; transferred to Gloucestershire, 1844." (Kingswood near Wotton Gen-UKI, Ref: Guide to the Parish Records of the City of Bristol and the County of Gloucester; I. Gray & E. Ralph, 1963).

Dec 1652 Exchequer: Church Goods Inventories and Miscellanea. E 317/Glos/17. Sodbury, Wickwar, Tortworth, Wortley: survey of several small parcels of land; there is a note on the last leaf, stating that the premises are adjudged by the commissioners to belong to the manor of Kingswood, and granted in fee farm to Edward DITCHFIELD…[incomplete entry] (Combs &c. Extractions from the PRO Catalogue, E Series - record not yet acquired)

  1. Graham Thomas' Wotton Under Edge
  2. Exchequer. Court of Augmentations: court rolls, portf.2,No. 93. Berkeley Hundred Court Rolls, electronically published by Gloucestershire Genealogy.

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