Gloucester Rural District

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Coordinates: 51°52′01″N 2°14′56″W / 51.867°N 2.249°W / 51.867; -2.249

Gloucester
Area
 • 1911 30,680 acres (124.2 km2)
 • 1961 70,817 acres (286.59 km2)
Population
 • 1901 10,779
 • 1931 14,840
 • 1971 37,397
History
 • Created 1894
 • Abolished 1974
 • Succeeded by Forest of Dean, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Status Rural district
 • HQ Gloucester

Gloucester was, from 1894 to 1974, a rural district in the administrative county of Gloucestershire, England.[1][2] The district did not include the City of Gloucester, which was a separate county borough. In 1935 Gloucester RD was more than doubled in size.

Formation[edit]

The rural district was created by the Local Government Act 1894 as successor to Gloucester Rural Sanitary District. The rural district was governed by a directly elected rural district council (RDC), which replaced the rural sanitary authority that had comprised the poor law guardians for the area.

Boundary changes[edit]

Under the Local Government Act 1929 county councils were given the duty of reviewing all urban and rural districts within their area. In Gloucestershire there were a number of very small districts, and under the County of Gloucester Review Order 1935, Gloucester RD was enlarged by the transfer of the whole or parts of five abolished districts.[3]

Between 1951 and 1967 a number of areas suburban to Gloucester were removed from the rural district when the city boundaries were extended.[3]

Parishes[edit]

The district comprised the following civil parishes:[1]

Parish Notes
Arlingham Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.
Ashleworth
Barnwood Abolished in 1967 with most of area passing to Gloucester County Borough
Brockworth
Brookthorpe, renamed Brookthorpe with Whaddon 1956 Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.
Chaceley Transferred from abolished Tewkesbury Rural District 1935.
Churchdown
Down Hatherley
Eastington Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.
Elmore
Forthampton Transferred from abolished Tewkesbury Rural District 1935.
Frampton on Severn Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.
Fretherne with Saul Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.
Frocester Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.
Hardwicke Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.
Harescombe Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.
Haresfield Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.
Hasfield Transferred from abolished Tewkesbury Rural District 1935.
Hempsted Absorbed by Gloucester County Borough 1967.
Highnam Formed 1935 by union of Highnam Over, Lassington parishes.
Highnam Over Became part of Highnam parish 1935.
Hucclecote
Innsworth: renamed from Longlevens 1967
Lassington Became part of Highnam parish 1935.
Longford Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.
Longlevens: renamed Innsworth 1967 Created 1935 from part of Wotton St Mary Without
Longney
Maisemore
Matson Absorbed by Gloucester County Borough 1935.
Minsterworth Transferred from abolished East Dean and United Parishes Rural District 1935
Moreton Valence Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.
Newnham Formerly an urban district, abolished 1935
Norton
Prinknash Park Absorbed by Upton St Leonards parish 1935
Quedgeley
Sandhurst
Standish Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.
Tirley Transferred from abolished Tewkesbury Rural District 1935.
Twigworth
Upton St Leonards Absorbed Prinknash Park parish 1935
Westbury on Severn Formerly an urban district, abolished 1935
Whaddon Abolished 1935: split between Gloucester County Borough and Brookthorpe parish
Wheatenhurst: renamed Whitminster 1945 Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.
Wotton St Mary Without Abolished 1935, part to create Longlevens parish, part to Gloucester County Borough.
Wotton Vill Absorbed by Gloucester County Borough 1951.

Abolition[edit]

The rural district was abolished in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. Its area was redistributed between three non-metropolitan districts: Tewkesbury (17 parishes), Stroud (16 parishes) and Forest of Dean (Newnham and Westbury-on-Severn).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 611. ISBN 0-901050-67-9. 
  2. ^ www.visionofbritain.org.uk
  3. ^ a b "Relationships / unit history of Gloucester RD". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  4. ^ Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. pp. 51–52. ISBN 0-11-750847-0.