This Town and Parish List aims to cover all the parishes for which original source
material is available at the Gloucestershire Record Office (GRO). The
list may therefore include references to some parishes which are now in
Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire &c. Parish groupings, and
spellings have been adopted as available in the GRO Handlist, but
please be aware when consulting other sources that there
may be considerable variation to what appears here, both in presentation
and in spelling. Specifically, some parishes may have been known by quite
different names in the past - for example, the modern day village known as
Guiting Power can in some records be found as "Lower Guiting".
Some parishes may be noted as being "ex. par." = extra-parochial.
" An extra-parochial area was land uninhabited
in Anglo-Saxon times and outside the jurisdiction of any civil or ecclesiastical
parish. No poor or church rates were paid, though tithes in theory went to the
Crown. A resident could choose the nearest convenient parish for baptisms, etc."
[Ref: The Parish Registers of Herefordshire, J Harnden, 1987, ISBN 0 9512347 0 6]