Miserden: 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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'Miserden: Charities for the poor', in A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 11, Bisley and Longtree Hundreds, (London, 1976) pp. 56. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/glos/vol11/p56a [accessed 19 April 2024]


By his will dated 1659 Thomas Muggleton left 5 a. of pasture in Duntisbourne Abbots, the profits, then £3 a year, to be divided equally among the poor of Duntisbourne Abbots, Miserden, Winstone, and Syde; every fourteenth year the profits of the timber on the land were to be similarly distributed. (fn. 1) By 1826 the annual profits were £7 and the rector and churchwardens of Miserden allowed their portion to accumulate over 3 or 4 years before distributing it in clothing Charities founded by Mrs. Barksdale, who died in 1758, and Mrs. Sarah Yarnton, by will dated 1809, yielded £2 10s. and £4 10s. respectively in 1826 and were distributed in the same way as Muggleton's charity. Theyer Townsend by will dated 1801 left £100 stock for a distribution in bread on St. Thomas's day. (fn. 2) The charities were united c. 1914, and in 1970 the revenue was distributed in sums of £5 or £10 whenever special cases of need arose. (fn. 3)


  • 1. G.D.R., V 5/207T 4.
  • 2. 14th Rep. Com. Char. 61-2.
  • 3. Ex inf. the rector.