Place:Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire, England

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NameStoke Bishop
Alt namesStochesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 115
Stoke-Bishopsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates51.483°N 2.633°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
Also located inAvon, England     (1974 - 1996)
Bristol (post 1996), England     (1996 - )
See alsoHenbury (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which Stoke Bishop was located
Westbury-on-Trym, Gloucestershire, Englandparish of which it was a part
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

Stoke Bishop is a medium-sized outer city suburb in the north-west of Bristol, located between Westbury-on-Trym, Sea Mills and Sneyd Park. Although relatively small, Stoke Bishop's population has increased due to substantial infilling on grounds formerly used recreationally. Stoke Bishop has retained the affluence suggested by the description in Wilson's Gazetteer of 1879 (see below).

The historic Stoke House and Park lie in Stoke Bishop. The house was built in 1669 as a family mansion for Sir Robert Cann, Member of Parliament, Mayor of Bristol and Merchant Venturer. It is currently occupied by Trinity College, Bristol.

A 19th century description

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

"STOKE-BISHOP, a tything and a chapelry in Westbury-upon-Trym parish, Gloucester. The tything lies on the river Avon, 2½ miles NW of Bristol [railway] station; has a post-office under Bristol; and contains many residences of the principal merchants and manufacturers of Bristol. Real property: £34,818. Population in 1851: 4,213; in 1861: 5,623. Houses: 887. The chapelry was constituted in 1860. Population: 554. Houses: 88. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: not reported. Patrons: Trustees. The church is modern."

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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