Local Government

(Victoria History of Gloucestershire XIII, draft text by John Juřica: © University of London 2011)

Manorial Government

Gloucester abbey held a court at Upleadon. Recorded from the later 13th century,[1] it attended in the early 15th century to the repair of river banks to prevent flooding.[2] The court had two main sessions a year in 1515[3] and it evidently also enforced the abbey’s jurisdiction in Highleadon in 1535.[4] There is no record of a manor court at Upleadon after the Dissolution.


In 1683 the parish pleaded that, although none of its people had great wealth, it relieved its poor according to its means.[5] It opened a subscription to the Gloucester infirmary in 1765[6]  and spent £34 on poor relief in 1776. In the mid 1780s the cost of relief to the parish was on average £24 a year but in 1803, when a dozen people were supported regularly and an unusually large number (55) occasionally, the cost was £121.[7] The church house in the churchyard was used as a poorhouse in 1807.[8] From £200 in 1814, when seventeen people were being helped regularly and seven occasionally,[9] the cost had fallen to £156 in 1825 and was usually lower than that in following years.[10] From 1835 Upleadon was part of Newent poor-law union.[11]

            Upleadon was included in Newent highway district on its formation in 1863.[12]

[1]           Hist. & Cart. Mon. Glouc. I, 385–6; GA, D 936a/ M 1, rot. 6d.

[2]           GA, D 936a/M 4.

[3]           Glouc. Cath. Libr., Reg. Abb. Malvern, I, ff. 15v.–16.

[4]           Valor Eccl. II, 409.

[5]           GDR, V 5/320T 3.

[6]           GA, HO 19/8/1.

[7]           Poor Law Abstract, 1804, 172–3.

[8]               GDR, V 5/320T 6.

[9]           Poor Law Abstract, 1818, 146–7.

[10]         Poor Law Returns (1830–1), 66; (1835), 65.

[11]         Poor Law Com. 2nd Rep. p. 523.

[12]         London Gazette, 24 Mar. 1863, pp. 1707–8.