Set in a scenic location overlooking pasture land close to the village's old school building and a cluster of houses, Rockhampton's small and attractive country church dedicated to St. Oswald has much to commend it to those in search of a place to worship immersed in tranquillity.
PARISH AND VILLAGE
Situated about five miles south west of Berkeley and two miles north of Thornbury, the parish of Rockhampton is encircled by the parishes of Hill, Falfield, Thornbury and Oldbury-upon-Severn.
Like the neighbouring parish of Hill, Rockhampton is a quiet rural parish which has always had a comparatively small population. In the past most of the men and some of the women living in the parish would have worked the land to earn a living. In many cases the furthest they ever ventured was probably to the nearby market towns of Thornbury and Berkeley.
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Several men holding interests within the parish voted in the 1776 County Election - Adams, Brush, Collins, Cooper, Green, Hickes, Jenner (Rev. Henry), Jones, Knapp, Long, Player, Skey, Salmon, Thomas, Venfield, Watts and Wetmore.
An Inclosure award dated 19th December 1840 concerning common meadows and common fields in the parish granted small allotments to Alway, Barrow, Bromage, Christopher, Cooper, Cox, Collins, Cullimore, Davies, Fust (Flora L.), Jones (W. & T.L.), Oldland, Wetmore, Penry, Williams and others.