Place:Horfield, Gloucestershire, England

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NameHorfield
Alt namesHorefellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
TypeVillage, Suburb, Urban district
Coordinates51.483°N 2.583°W
Located inGloucestershire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inAvon, England     (1974 - 1996)
Bristol (post 1996), England     (1996 - )
See alsoBerkeley (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Bristol, Gloucestershire, Englandcity into which it was absorbed in 1904
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Horfield was absorbed into the city of Bristol in 1904. It lies on Bristol's northern edge, with its border with Filton marking part of the boundary between Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Bishopston lies directly to the south; Monks Park and Golden Hill are to the west; Lockleaze and Ashley Down are on the eastern fringe. The Gloucester Road (A38) runs north/south through the suburb.

A 19th century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Horfield from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"HORFIELD, a village and a parish in Clifton [registration] district, Gloucester. The village stands near the Bristol and Passage railway, 2 miles NNE of Bristol; and has a post office under Bristol, and a police station. The parish comprises 1,287 acres. Real property: £5,731. Population in 1851: 1,221; in 1861: 1,746. Houses: 248. The increase of population arose from railway operations and the extension of buildings. The property is divided among a few. The chief landowners are Bishop Monk's trustees. Infantry and cavalry barracks are here, with accommodation for 500 men; and, at the census of 1861, they had 389 inmates. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £186. Patron: the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1847, and has a tower. A memorial church, in the decorated English style, with 220 sittings, was erected in 1862. The vicarage of Bishopston is a separate benefice. There is a national school. Seyer, the historian of Bristol, was incumbent."

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
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