Ancient Parish [25]
Transferred in 1931 from Worcestershire to Gloucestershire.[25]
Abolished civilly in 1935 entirely to Adlestrop Ancient Parish. [79]


O.S. Ref: SP243259
3 miles west of Stow-on-the-Wold on the A436

Parish Church

The church was declared redundant on 17th July 2003.

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction

Archdeaconry & Diocese of Worcester until 1919, when transferred to the Diocese of Oxford.[25]


In Upper Oswaldslow, Worcestershire though locally in Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire [44] [28] [25]

Poor Law Union

Stow on the Wold [3] [25]

Adjoining Parishes

Adlestrop (Gloucestershire); Chastleton (Oxfordshire); Cornwell (Oxfordshire); Kingham (Oxfordshire); Bledington (Gloucestershire); Oddington (Gloucestershire)

Parish Registers at Worcestershire Archives

[Contact details]

Coverage Source
Transcripts Christenings C1660-1968
some early gaps, particularly before 1679
Marriages M1624; 1660-1959 [27]
Burials B1660-1971 [27]

No Parish Registers are held on microfilm at Worcestershire Archives

Bishops' Transcripts

Begin 1625 Worcestershire Archives [22]

International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Bishops' Transcripts Births / Christenings C:1661-1700 (67%)

Register Copies

DAYLESFORD : Christenings 1660-64, 1671-1968, Marriages 1624, 1660, 1673, 1684-1733, 1739-1877, 1884-1915, 1921, 1933-59, Burials 1660-1971, banns 1812-19,; Monumental Inscriptions, miscellanea, visitations [Typescript.] Published 1983 Author Mann, Ralph (transcription.) Source D: R Mann, M Yurden, F R L & J Goadby Society of Genealogists [68]

Monumental Inscriptions and Associated Documents

DAYLESFORD : Monumental Inscriptions: Gloucestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 5 [Manuscript.] IN: Gloucestershire monumental inscriptions, vol. 5 Published , 1971 Author Lewin, R (transcription.) Source D: R Lewin Society of Genealogists [59]

Census Records

All the censuses between 1841 and 1901 are now available on a number of fee-paying (Subscription or PayAsYouGo) sites including,, and The 1911 census is available in full or in part on some of these sites. We are unable to advise on the choice of site since researchers' personal preferences will be influenced by the content and search facilities offered by each site. Some sites offer a free trial.

Access to the library edition of is widely available at most record offices, including Worcestershire Archives, and some libraries. You are advised to book time on their computers before making a visit.

A free-to-view site is being developed at for the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 censuses. Coverage of Worcestershire parishes is rather sparse at this time.

Census returns can usually be viewed at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Family History Centres.

Some repositories offer census details on microform, disc or printed copy. These include:

1841 1901 at Worcestershire Archives [14]

1851 1861- 91 Gloucestershire Archives

At Society of Genealogists
Gloucestershire 1851 Census index & transcription Vol 11 : HO 107/1970 - [Stow on the Wold registration district] Bourton on the Water & Stow on the Wold sub-districts - Worcestershire Part [Microfiche.] - Published Gloucestershire FHS, 1997

Gloucestershire 1891 census returns: Stow on the Wold registration district RG 12/2037-2038 [Microfilm.] - Published London Public Record Office, 2003


An extract from the Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1831:

DAYLESFORD, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of OSWALDSLOW, county of WORCESTER, though locally in the upper division of the hundred of Slaughter, county of Gloucester, 3½ miles (E.) from. Stow on the Wold, containing 103 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Gloucester, and diocese of Worcester, rated in the king's books at £7, and in the patronage of Mrs. Hastings. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. The Rev. William Langton bequeathed £14 a year for teaching children, which is paid to a schoolmistress. The culture of cinque-foil was introduced here prior to any other place in England, in 1650. Warren Hastings, Governor General of British India, who was impeached by the parliament on his return to England in 1786, was born here.

Last Updated: 22/07/2012