Status: 10 volumes published. Four volumes in preparation.

Volume XII (Newent and May Hill) now published: click here for details.

Volume XIII in the Gloucestershire history will contain accounts of thirteen ancient parishes north and west of Gloucester and complete its coverage of the county to the west of the river Severn. Eight of the parishes formed a block of land crossed by the river Leadon, one of the Severn’s major tributaries, immediately to the north-west of Gloucester. They are Ashleworth, Bulley, Hartpury, Lassington, Maisemore, Rudford and Highleadon, Tibberton, and Upleadon. The history of that predominantly agricultural area has been influenced by its proximity to Gloucester and by the growth of the city in the 20th century. The volume will also include the riverine parishes of Minsterworth and Elmore on opposite banks of the Severn to the west of Gloucester, as well as Norton and Sandhurst to the east of the Severn north of the city. Twyning, located between the rivers Severn and Avon north of Tewkesbury, will also be covered.

Draft histories of Ashleworth, Bulley, Elmore, Lassington, Maisemore, Minsterworth, Rudford & Highleadon, Tibberton, and Upleadon can be read here.

Hartpury is nearing completion (September 2013); work on Norton starts shortly, leaving just Twyning to be researched, to finish the volume. Formal publication in hard covers will be about 12 months later.

Work in South Gloucestershire

The Gloucestershire County History Trust is pleased to record good progress in South Gloucestershire. The first sections of the history of Yate, north of Bristol, have been drafted, and plans for further neighbouring parishes, to form a future Volume XIV, are progressing. This will be a significant and welcome extension of coverage for the VCH in the historic county.


The editorial groundwork has now been completed for a future volume (XV) covering Cheltenham and surrounding parishes. Research on the medieval period began in October 2013, followed by the start of work on the Early Modern period in Spring 2014.


Concurrently, similar groundwork has been carried out for a future volume (XVI) covering Cirencester and district. Research on the medieval period starts in October 2013 - both this and the Cheltenham work are being undertaken by Dr Beth Hartland, an experienced medievalist.


Gloucestershire Volume II Imprint Page
William Page
Jan 1907
Gloucestershire Vol 6 Imprint Page
C. R. Elrington
Jan 1965
Gloucestershire Vol 8 Imprint Page
C. R. Elrington
Jan 1968
C. R. Elrington and N. M. Herbert
Jan 1972
N. M. Herbert
Jan 1979

News and events

VCH promoted at Glos Local History Association summer meeting
Editor appointed to work on Yate
New County Editor appointed for Gloucestershire
Glos. County History Trust hits £10,000 mark

Work in progress

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