Place:Shirehampton, Gloucestershire, England

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NameShirehampton
TypeVillage, Suburb
Coordinates51.4945°N 2.6712°W
Located inGloucestershire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inAvon, England     (1974 - 1996)
Bristol (post 1996), England     (1996 - )
See alsoHenbury (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Westbury-on-Trym, Gloucestershire, Englandparish under which it was a chapelry until 1866
Bristol, Gloucestershire, Englandcity into which it was absorbed in 1904
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Shirehampton, near Avonmouth, at the north-western edge of the city of Bristol, England, is a district of Bristol which originated as a separate village. It retains something of its village feel, having a short identifiable High Street with the parish church situated among shops, and is still thought of as a village by many of its 6,867 inhabitants. (Source:1991 UK Census, last census when identified separately from Avonmouth.) The community is a convenient location from which to reach all parts of the city and its work environment.

A 19th century description

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

"SHIREHAMPTON, a chapelry, with a village, in Westbury-on-Trym parish, Gloucester; on the river Avon, and on the Bristol Port and Pier railway, 5 miles NW by W of Bristol. It has a [railway] station, a post-office under Bristol, two good inns, and a dispensary. Real property: £5,224. Population in 1851: 632; in 1861: 731. Houses: 145. The property is subdivided. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: not reported. Patron: the Incumbent of Westbury. The church is cruciform. There are a national school and several small charities."

Shirehampton was a tything and a chapelry until 1866 and a civil parish until 1904 when it was fully absorbed into Bristol. Its links to Westbury-on-Trym parish were ending as the gazetteer entry above was being written.

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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