Place:Bristol (post 1996), England

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NameBristol (post 1996)
TypeUnitary authority
Coordinates51.45°N 2.58°W
Located inEngland     (1996 - )
Also located inAvon, England     (1974 - 1996)
See alsoBristol, Gloucestershire, Englandprincipal city on which the unitary authority is based, abolished 1974
Contained Places
Inhabited place
Horfield ( 1996 - )
Redland ( 1996 - )
Sea Mills ( 1996 - )
Shirehampton ( 1996 - )
Stoke Bishop ( 1996 - )
Westbury-on-Trym ( 1996 - )
Parish
Henbury ( 1996 - )
Westbury-on-Trym ( 1996 - )
Registration district
Bristol (post 1996) Registration District ( 1996 - )
Suburb
Avonmouth ( 1996 - )
Bishopston ( 1996 - )
Bristol St. George ( 1996 - )
Clifton ( 1996 - )
Henbury ( 1996 - )
Henleaze ( 1996 - )
Horfield ( 1996 - )
Redland ( 1996 - )
Sea Mills ( 1996 - )
Shirehampton ( 1996 - )
Stapleton ( 1996 - )
Westbury-on-Trym ( 1996 - )
Urban district
Bristol St. George ( 1996 - )
Horfield ( 1996 - )
Stapleton ( 1996 - )

NOTE: This page deals with the modern, unitary authority of Bristol. For the original city whose governing body was abolished in 1974, see Bristol.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bristol, England is a unitary authority and ceremonial county in southwest England, with an estimated population of 433,100 for the unitary authority in 2009. It is England's sixth and the United Kingdom's eighth most populous city, and by far the largest city in the southwest of the country.

Bristol was established as a unitary authority independent of any county in 1996 when the short-lived County of Avon, made up of the original Bristol and surrounding parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset was abolished.

History

Bristol is unusual in having been a city with county status since medieval times. The city first received a Royal Charter in 1155 and was granted County status in 1373. From the 13th century, for half a millennium, it ranked amongst the top three English cities on the basis of tax receipts, with only London, York and Norwich in the top echelon. The Industrial Revolution in the latter part of the 18th century brought Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester into play.

The city is built around the River Avon, and has a short coastline on the Severn Estuary, which flows into the much-wider Bristol Channel.

The county was expanded to include suburbs such as Clifton in 1835, and it was named a county borough in 1889, when the term was first introduced. At this point many more parishes surrounding the borough were absorbed into it.

Bristol is the largest centre of culture, employment and education in the region. Its prosperity has been linked with the sea since its earliest days. The commercial Port of Bristol was originally in the city centre before being moved to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth and the Royal Portbury Dock on the opposite side of the River Avon on the western boundary of the city. In more recent years the economy has depended on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city centre docks have been regenerated as a centre of heritage and culture.

Research Tips

  • 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