Gloucestershire Lay Subsidies 1581-95 (Southwest Division)

among the Berkeley Muniments

Lay subsidies were taxes levied by parliament on the rental value of land and actual value of goods of the better-off among the civil population. Their value lies in listing the most prominent inhabitants at a time when other nominal lists are relatively rare. The returns for the southwest division of Gloucestershire are preserved in the Berkeley Castle archives, and were transcribed by Meg Savage, Meg Kimmins and Jill Barlow as part of a Friends of Gloucestershire Archives project in the late 1990s.

Example of transcription

Places covered in the transcription:

  • Acton Ilger, Acton Turville, Alderley, Alkington, Almondsbury, Alveston, Arlingham, Ashleworth, Aust
  • Badminton, Berkeley, Beverstone, Bitton and Hanham, Boxwell and Leighterton, Breadstone
  • Cam, Charfield, Charlton, Clifton, Coaley, Cold Ashton, Compton Greenfield, Coombe, Cromhall
  • Didmarton, Dodington, Doynton, Dursley, Dyrham
  • Earthcott, Easton, Elberton
  • Falfield, Filton, Frampton Cotterell
  • Gaunt’s Earthcott
  • Ham, Hambrook, Hamfallow, Hawkesbury, Hempton, Henbury, Hill, Hinton, Horfield, , Horton, Huntingford
  • Iron Acton, Itchington
  • King’s Weston, Kingscote, Kington
  • Lawrence Weston, Littleton upon Severn
  • Mangotsfield, Marshfield, Morton
  • Newington Bagpath, North Nibley, Nympsfield
  • Oldbury on the Hill, Oldbury upon Severn, Olveston, Over, Owlpen, Ozleworth
  • Patchway, Pucklechurch
  • Redwick and Northwick, Rockhampton
  • Shirehampton, Sinwell, Siston, Slimbridge, Sodbury, Chipping, Sodbury, Little, Sodbury, Old, Stapleton, Stinchcombe, Stoke Bishop, Stoke Gifford, Stowick, Symond’s Hall
  • Thornbury, Tockington, Tormarton and West Littleton, Tortworth, Tytherington
  • Uley
  • Wapley and Codrington, Westbury on Trym, Westerleigh, Wick, Wickwar, Wickwick, Winterbourne, Woodmancote, Wortley, Wotton-under-Edge
  • Yate.