In 1236 a dispute over
the right to take and try thieves in Quedgeley was
settled by an agreement that the Prior of Llanthony's
bailiff could take thieves who were, however, to be
tried in the Earl of Hereford's court at Haresfield,
and that the prior's men should be freed from suit
of the earl's court. (fn. 99) The prior was said in 1276 to
have withdrawn his suit from the hundred court of
Whitstone 30 years ago, (fn. 1) and in 1292 he claimed
view of frankpledge for Quedgeley at his court of
Hempsted. (fn. 2) Robert de Pontlarge was said to have
done suit for Woolstrop at the hundred court of
Barton, and to have paid a rent for having view of
frankpledge in Woolstrop, where the amercement of
brewers breaking the assize belonged to the Crown;
by 1252 William de Valence had withdrawn all those
suits. (fn. 3) In 1275 William de Pontlarge was said to
have withdrawn suit and 10s. rent from the Barton
hundred court, (fn. 4) where in 1329 William Walsh
owed suit every three weeks for his land in Woolstrop. (fn. 5)
There is no evidence of a separate manor court
for Quedgeley before the Dissolution, and some
matters at least relating to tenures in Quedgeley
were dealt with at Llanthony. (fn. 6) Court rolls of
Quedgeley manor survive for nine half-yearly courts
of 1574-80, and for 23 courts in the period 1610-40,
each session (except for a court baron in 1630 and
two in 1639) comprising the view of frankpledge
and court baron. (fn. 7) The court was apparently held
until 1691 or later. (fn. 8) In 1824 a steward was appointed
with the right to hold courts, (fn. 9) but there is no indication that he exercised it.
Overseers' accounts survive for 1662-92. For
some years the receipts of rates from Woolstrop
were separate, but the hamlet did not have separate
overseers. In 1668 the overseers paid for the repair
of a poorhouse. (fn. 10) Expenditure on poor-relief almost
doubled between 1776 and 1803, when £141 was
spent on 20 people relieved regularly and 10
occasionally. By 1813 expenditure had again increased to £215 and the numbers relieved had also
risen. (fn. 11) The cost of poor-relief in the period 1825-
34 fluctuated considerably, between extremes of £98
in 1828 and £229 in 1832. (fn. 12) Quedgeley became part
of the Gloucester Poor Law Union in 1835, (fn. 13) and
remained in the Gloucester Rural District in 1967.
Trans. B.G.A.S. lxxix. 197.
Rot. Hund. (Rec. Com.), i. 180.
Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.), 244.
Cal. Inq. Misc. i, p. 49.
Rot. Hund. (Rec. Com.), i, 180.
Cal. Inq. p.m. vii, p. 156.
||Rylands Libr., Ryl. Ch. 1762-3.
||Ibid. 1765-6, 1771, 1774; Warwick Cast. Mun. 7717;
||Glos. R.O., D 127/622.
||Glos. Colln. RF 243.2.
||Glos. R.O., P 260/OV 2/1.
Poor Law Abstract 1804, 184-5; 1818, 158-9.
Poor Law Returns H.C. 83, p. 72 (1830-1), xi; H.C.
444, p. 70 (1835), xlvii.
Poor Law Com. 1st Rep. p. 251.