Cherington: Charities for the poor

A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 11, Bisley and Longtree Hundreds. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1976.

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'Cherington: Charities for the poor', in A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 11, Bisley and Longtree Hundreds, (London, 1976) pp. 175. British History Online [accessed 13 April 2024]


In 1683 the sum of 4s. 8d., the interest on a gift of £4 made to the parish by William Bailey, (fn. 1) was being distributed among the poor according to the donor's wish, but in 1704 it was said that no interest had been paid for twenty years (fn. 2) and the charity is not recorded later. William Taylor (d. 1729) (fn. 3) devised a rent-charge of 20s. to be shared among the poor of the parish at Christmas (fn. 4) but no record of its distribution has been found.

The two cottages belonging to the Coxe educational charity, which were used as poorhouses in the early 19th century, (fn. 5) were rebuilt in 1829 as the Drivers Charity Houses. (fn. 6) Later they were used as alms-houses and accommodated three old people in 1973. (fn. 7)


  • 1. Wm. Bailey of Wheatenhurst and Cherington was succeeded in 1626 by his son Wm. (d. 1691): Inq. p.m. Glos. 1625-42, i. 102-4; V.C.H. Glos. x. 292.
  • 2. G.D.R., V 5/74T 4-5.
  • 3. Bigland, Glos. i. 329.
  • 4. Glos. R.O., D 1436, George fam., Westrip fm. 1683- 1786.
  • 5. 18th Rep. Com. Char. 334.
  • 6. Inscr. on bldg.
  • 7. Glos. R.O., CH 22.