Status: 10 volumes published. Four volumes in preparation.


Volume XII (Newent and May Hill)

is the latest published volume: click here for details.

Volume XIII (Severn and Leadon Valleys)

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 parish histories can be read here.

The draft is now (March 2015) being peer-reviewed, with the potential for formal publication in hard covers in late 2015/early 2016.

Volume XIV (Yate & district)

The Gloucestershire County History Trust is pleased to record good progress in South Gloucestershire. The sections of the history of Yate, north of Bristol, have been drafted, and a "VCH Short" paperback will be published by mid-2015. Contracts have been let for the next round of research, on the contiguous parishes of Chipping Sodbury, Little Sodbury and Old Sodbury, all of which will contribute to a future Volume XIV. This is a significant and welcome extension of coverage for the VCH in the historic county.

Volume XV (Cheltenham & district)

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 (Dr Beth Hartland), followed by the start of work on the Early Modern period in Spring 2014 (Dr Alex Craven); first draft sections are now (March 2015) emerging from the editorial pipeline, and will be posted here shortly. Research to date -assisted by a strong group of volunteers - has uncovered significant caches of original source material not previously examined in detail, and there are good prospects for substantial additions to previous accounts of the town's history.

Volume XVI (Cirencester & district)

Concurrently, similar groundwork has been carried out for a future volume (XVI) covering Cirencester and district. Research on the medieval period started in October 2013 (Dr Beth Hartland), and as with Cheltenham, drafting is now in progress, with the first sections to be posted here shortly.  Research on post-Reformation topics got underway in 2014 (Dr Antonia Catchpole), assisted by numerous volunteers.


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

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