Place:Clifton, Gloucestershire, England

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NameClifton
Alt namesClistonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 112
Hot-Wellssource: Family History Library Catalog
Hotwellssource: modern spelling, neighbourhood within Clifton
Cliftonwoodsource: neighbourhood within Clifton
TypeSuburb
Coordinates51.467°N 2.633°W
Located inGloucestershire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inAvon, England     (1974 - 1996)
Bristol (post 1996), England     (1996 - )
See alsoBarton Regis (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Bristol, Gloucestershire, Englandcity into which it was absorbed in the 1830s
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Clifton is both a suburb of Bristol, England, and the name of one of the city's thirty-five council wards. The Clifton ward also includes the areas of Cliftonwood and Hotwells (see below). Until 1898 Clifton St Andrew was a separate civil parish within the County Borough of Bristol.

Clifton ward, which includes Hotwells, has a population of 10,452 in 5,007 households, according to adjusted figures for the 2001 census. On the same basis, Clifton East ward has a population of 9,538 in 4,741 households. In Clifton ward, 27% of the adult population (aged 16 to 74 years) is in full-time education.

Clifton is situated between the central part of the City of Bristol and the River Avon which, at this point, flows through a very deep gorge.

Clifton is one of the oldest and most affluent areas of the city, much of it having been built with profits from tobacco and the slave trade. It was at one time a separate settlement in Gloucestershire but became attached to Bristol by continuous development during the Georgian era and was formally incorporated into the city in the 1830s.

Cliftonwood

Cliftonwood is a small suburb of the English port city of Bristol. It is bounded approximately by the Hotwell Road to the south, Jacob's Wells Road and Constitution Hill to the east and northeast, Clifton Vale to the West, and by the gardens of Goldney Hall, a University of Bristol hall of residence, to the north. Some sources spell the area Cliftonwood (one word), and some Clifton Wood (two words).

Hotwells

Hotwells is a district of the English port city of Bristol. It is located to the south of and below the high ground of Clifton, and directly to the north of the Floating Harbour. The southern entrance to the Avon Gorge, which connects those docks to the sea, lies at the western end of Hotwells. Bristol Cathedral is situated at the eastern end of Hotwells, adjacent to The Council House and College Green. Hotwells forms part of the city ward of Clifton. The 19th century chemist Sir Humphry Davy, worked in Hotwells.

See also the Wikipedia article Hotwells

Research Tips

  • Clifton Online has a brief history of Clifton
  • UK Genealogy Archives article on Clifton transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5
  • 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
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