[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"STONE, a chapelry in the parish of Berkeley, upper division of Berkeley hundred, county Gloucester, 2¾ miles S.W. of Berkeley, its post town, and 4 S.W. of Berkeley railway station. The village is situated on the high road from Gloucester to Bristol. The soil is of a clayey and loamy description. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, value £80, in the patronage of the Vicar of Berkeley. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient., structure with a tower and five bells. The parochial charities produce about £30 per annum. Earl Fitzhardinge is lord of the manor."


[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]


Archives & Libraries

  • Original source material relating to Stone, and other parishes in Diocese of Gloucester may be found at the Gloucestershire Archives.



Church Records

  • Scribes Alcove -  A most useful site now unavailable. Checking for alternatives a site to enable searches of baptism, marriage and burial indexes from six Gloucestershire parishes: Berkeley, Thornbury, Oldbury-upon-Severn, Hill, Stone & Rockhampton.
    The period covered for All Saints Church is 1700-1883C (except 1703 & 1704); 1700-1900M; 1700-1890B.



Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

  • "Former chapelry in ecclesiastical parish of Berkeley, but regarded as a parish by 1700. In civil parish of Ham & Stone since 1894."
    (Ref: Guide to the Parish Records of the City of Bristol and the County of Gloucester; I. Gray & E. Ralph, 1963)


You can see the administrative areas in which Stone has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST684953 (Lat/Lon: 51.655572, -2.458534), Stone which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • Where is the area known as 'Michaelwood' ?

    This question was asked by a lady some years ago, on a Bulletin Board, after she'd discovered ancestors living there. Today, in my mind at least it is synonymous with the M5 Motorway Service Area between Junctions 13 and 14, but the present day OS map (1:50000) also shows a Michaelwood Farm (ST710950), and Michaelwood Lodge Farm.

    However, in the past, Michaelwood or St Michaelwood as it was called is also remembered with a lane, which ran through the wood and with houses dotted along it. This area would have been cleared when the Motorway was built, and these house are of course no longer there. An unfortunate gentleman - Harry Leonard OLDLAND - was killed by a falling tree at Michaelwood when the trees were being cleared for the motorway [q.v. Alf Beard's list of MIs at All Saints Church, elsewhere online]. Thus the name appears to have been applied to an area, originally (presumably) St Michael's Wood, and there was no hamlet of this name.

    Many thanks to Alf Beard (and his elderly uncle) for supplying this information.

NB. Further amplification (David Wicks - 23 May 2014) "The simple meaning is 'mickle wood’ - great wood. Which is the way people normally pronounce it. When the motorway was built the services were named Micheal Wood from the ordinance survey but usually on older maps it was one word, Michaelwood or Micklewood, as in the farm names, for example Michaelwood Lodge Farm, named because it was a hunting lodge in the ‘Chase’. The road with houses is still there, the motorway did cut through the wood but did not change the area that much. I remember when it was built and the only house I remember being demolished was a large medieval farmhouse. (The main fireplace beam from it is the beam above my mother’s fireplace now.)



Probate Records