This guide gives an outline of the main resources available on the site. Click on the links to learn more about a topic.

Local History

Men & Armour for Gloucestershire in 1608
A fully searchable online database containing information on occupation, stature and age for nearly 20,000 men in Gloucestershire, UK, in 1608. Compiled by John Smyth, steward of the Berkeley Estate.

Gloucester Journal Extracts
This is an on-line and fully searchable version of the Gloucester Journal extracts compiled by the late Anthony Done. It covers the period from 9 April 1722 to 22 December 1899 and at present only Section D (Industry, Trade and Commerce) and Section E (Transport and Communications)are available.

Trade Directories
A selection of extracts from trade directories for Coaley.

Gloucestershire Population Tables 1801-1901
These are the National Census figures for towns, villages and sometimes hamlets in the county at 10 year intervals throughout the 19th century.

Historic Ordnance Survey and other Maps
The historic non OS maps includes several early 19th century large scale maps of Gloucestershire: Bryant 1824,  Greenwood 1824 and Atkinson (Forest of Dean) 1847 plus the Coaley Inclosure Map.

A collection of more than 80 6-inch (1:10560) maps covers a significant part of the old county of Gloucestershire. They are a mix of the three editions (c.1881, c.1901 and c.1922).

Other OS maps (not 6-inch) include first edition 1-inch maps of Gloucestershire and Evesham, Worcestershire, and a 25-inch map of Stroud (part), 1901.

Wotton-under-Edge Tithe Map of 1842
A note on tithe maps in general and illustrated by an extract from the map

A list of Online Map Sources for Local Historians
Includes National Library of Scotland, Gloucestershire County Council, and various other sites that all have a use in specific circumstances.

Industrial Archaeology

Industrial Gloucestershire 1904
Compiled, published and printed in 1904 by Chance and Bland, this 82 page, very well illustrated book provides a brief history and the current situation in 1904 for 100 Gloucestershire firms.

Hand-Loom Weavers Report
Royal Commission of Inquiry into the condition of the Hand-Loom Weavers in England and Wales (1837-41). The Gloucestershire Section by W. A. Miles is reproduced in full and is fully searchable.

Fred Rowbotham Image Collection
1300 images relating mainly to the River Severn and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. There is a search facility.

Brickmaking in Gloucestershire
A comprehensive account of Brickmaking in the County in about 1909. Also a history of the Stonehouse Brick & Tile Company.

Lister-Petter Dursley: Demolition 2002
Images taken during the demolition of most of the Lister-Petter engineering works at Dursley in Summer 2002.

Coaley Mills
There are three known mill sites in Coaley: Coaley Mill (corn, cloth and ironworks), an animal feed mill at Field Farm and a long vanished cloth mill, Moreacre Mill.


Coaley Census 1841-1901
A complete listing of the National Census records for the parish spanning 60 years. The site is fully searchable and for any individual that is found members of the same household or all the persons on the same page may be displayed. N.B. The transcriptions are unverified.

 Coaley Directories
A selection of extracts from trade directories for Coaley and elsewhere

Views from Coaley Church Tower
Set of 14 images taken in April 2000 which provide a 360° panoramic view of the village.

Coaley Mills
(see above)

Coaley Footpaths
Online footpath map.

Coaley Parish Council
For general information about the village.

Links to Other Websites

The Links page includes links to various relevant organisations and the Useful Websites for Local History Research page which has sections on both National and Gloucestershire primary sources and secondary information.