- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Bishopston was a suburb of Bristol, England and then the name of a council ward of the city. It is situated around the Gloucester Road (A38), the main northern arterial road in the city. The ward includes St Bonaventures and Ashley Down parishes, as well as part of Horfield.
Bishopston was so-named because the local bishop sold off the church's land to private developers in the early 19th century. The parish was created in July 1862 with a population of 1,300 and expanded to 9,140 in the Census 1901. In the UK census of 2001 Bishopston registered a resident population of 11,996. The district is part of the Bristol built-up area, having been swallowed by the growing city, running directly into the surrounding districts of Redland, Horfield and Henleaze.
A 19th century description
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Bishopston from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "BISHOPSTON, a chapelry in Horfield parish, Gloucester. Post Town, Bristol. Statistics, not separately returned. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £150. Patron, the Bishop. The church is a plain building."
- Bristol Archives is where paper and microfilm copies of all records for Bristol and its environs are stored.
Online sources which may also be helpful:
- GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish in the county. The emphasis here is on ecclesiastical parishes (useful before 1837). The GENUKI page for the parish will confirm which archive provider has its records.
- A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 and tables of the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
- The FamilySearch Wiki for Gloucestershire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
- A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county
- MAPS. Most Wikipedia maps for places in the Bristol area have outline maps indicating the location of the suburb under discussion. Another online map that may be useful is this Ordnance Survey map originally made in 1930 and with revisions to 1946.
- Unfortunately, A History of the County of Gloucester in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online does not cover all of Bristol--and the area that was originally in Gloucestershire is sadly omitted, save for the information on the churches in A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 2