History of King’s Stanley

Peter Griffin (1943-2020) lived for almost his whole life in King’s Stanley. His book, History of King’s Stanley, is available now.

King’s Stanley High Street, c. 1911

Ever since he was a teenager, Peter’s main interest was the history of the village his family has lived in for over 400 years. His book, History of King’s Stanley, which also covers Middleyard and Selsley, is the result of decades of meticulous research. The 400-page volume is an in-depth account of life in the village from pre-historic times to the present day, with illustrations and a comprehensive index.

Very many parish histories have been published over the past few decades, but few can rival this parish history in the use of sources. The author, Peter Griffin, was a familiar figure in Gloucestershire Archives over many years, researching all available references to King’s Stanley, his family’s ancestral home for over 400 years.

This book ranks alongside the work of the late Eddie Price on nearby Frocester as an example of a parish history written with an extensive knowledge of the area, the geography, geology, local traditions, and contacts with many families who had lived in the parish for generations. Only with these advantages coupled with meticulous research can a book of this quality be produced.

You can read the full review by John Loosely of History of King’s Stanley in the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society’s Transactions.


1. Introduction and Prehistory
2. Roman Evidence from King’s Stanley
3. The Anglo-Saxon period
4. Medieval Lords of the manor
5. Origins of St. George’s Church
6. Manor and Borough
7. Agriculture
8. Cloth Industry in King’s Stanley
9. Houses, Owners and Tenants
10. The Churches after the Reformation
11. Population and Welfare
12. The Parish Vestry
13. Law and Order
14. Education in King’s Stanley
15. Politics and National Events
16. King’s Stanley Military
17. The Marlings in King’s Stanley
18. Rectory and Park
19. The Parish Council
20. Social Life
21. Since 1900
22. A Tour of the Parish

You can see some illustrations from the book here. You can find out more about Peter Griffin here.

History of King’s Stanley is available now. Please order your copy using the PayPal button below. The book costs £15 plus £3 for UK postage and packing.

There are two delivery options on the drop down menu:

– Receive via Royal Mail (£18)
– Local collection (£15)

If you’d like the book sent overseas, please send me a message using the form below.

Delivery options

If you live in King’s Stanley, you can select local collection from the delivery options above and collect the book from Richard Bryant and Carolyn Heighway of Past Historic at 6 Church Street, between 10am and 6pm Monday to Saturday. You can also pay by cash or cheque and collect from 6 Church Street.

The book is also on sale at the Stroud Bookshop, R and R Books in Stroud and the Boho Bakery in King’s Stanley. You can find it in the Museum in the Park shop in Stratford Park and in the Family History Centre at the Heritage Hub in Gloucester.

Our thanks to Howard Beard for his help with illustrations, and to Richard Bryant and Carolyn Heighway of Past Historic for their work on design and production.

Please contact Kate Griffin if you have any queries about the book.

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