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"Bristol, city, municipal and parliamentary borough, seaport, and county of itself, chiefly in Gloucestershire but partly in Somerset, at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Frome, 6 miles from the Bristol Channel at Avonmouth and 120 miles west of London by rail, the port being 29 miles from Cardiff, 70 from Swansea, 245 from Dublin, 255 from Cork, and 325 from Liverpool; municipal borough, 4632 acres, population 206,874; parliamentary borough, population 253,906. Bristol is built on a number of eminences, and has a fine appearance. It contains important institutions, religious, educational, and charitable. It has several fine churches, notably the Cathedral (1142-1160), and the church of St Mary Redcliffe. It includes the suburbs of Clifton Down, a magnificent suspension bridge spans the river Avon, having an elevation of 245 ft. above the high water mark. From an early date Bristol has been a seaport of great importance, its position being very favourable to commerce. In the reign of Henry II. it carried on trade with the north of Europe, and between 1239 and 1247 there was occasion for enlarging and improving the accommodation for the shipping. There are now extensive docks, not only within the city itself, but also at Avonmouth on the north side of the mouth of the river, and at Portishead on the south side; both these harbours being in direct communication with the city by railway. The coasting trade is of great magnitude, steamers plying regularly between Bristol and Cardiff, Swansea, London, Cork, Dublin, Liverpool, and Glasgow; while the foreign trade extends to nearly all parts of the world. Bristol has manufacturers of glass, soap, and earthenware; shipbuilding, tanning, and sugar-refining; and extensive chemical and engineering works. Bristol returns 4 members to Parliament - 4 divisions, viz., West, North, East, and South, 1 member for each division; the parliamentary limits were extended in 1885 so as to include the local government districts of St George, Horfield, and Stapleton, and an additional part of the parish of Bedminster. It returned 2 members till 1885." [Extract from Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887]
This page deals with issues common to the whole of Bristol. For more detail of some of the parishes within Bristol see the links in the list below
- All Saints (1560)
- Cathedral (1669)
- Christchurch (1538)
- Holy Trinity (St Philip) (1832)
- Redland Green (1754)
- St Augustine the Less (1577)
- St Ewen (1538)
- St George (1756)
- St George (Brandon Hill) (1832)
- St James (1559)
- St John the Baptist (1558)
- St Leonard (1689)
- St Mary le Port (1669: destroyed)
- St Mary Redcliffe (1559)
- St Michael the Archangel (1653)
- St Nicholas (1538)
- St Paul (Portland Sq) (1794)
- St Peter (1611: badly burnt)
- St Philip & St Jacob (1576)
- St Stephen (1559)
- St Thomas (1552)
- St Werburgh (1558)
- Temple (or Holy Cross) (1558)
- Original source material relating to Bristol City, and other parishes in Diocese of Bristol may be found at the Bristol Record Office.
- Bishop, Ian S. - The City & Kingswood Line (A History of Bristol's Trams), and Stories from St.Phillip's. Bishop Books, 1995.
ISBN: 0-9526490-0-4 and ISBN: 0-9526490-9-8.
- Bridge St Independent, Bridge St, Non Conformist
- All Saints, Church of England
- Cathedral, Church of England
- Christchurch, Church of England
- Holy Trinity (St Philip), Church of England
- Redland Green, Church of England
- St Andrew, Church of England
- St Augustine the Less, Church of England
- St Ewen, Church of England
- St George, Brandon Hill, Church of England
- St James, Church of England
- St John the Baptist, Church of England
- St Leonard, Church of England
- St Mary le Port, Church of England
- St Mary Redcliffe, Church of England
- St Michael the Archangel, Church of England
- St Nicholas, Church of England
- St Paul, Portland Sq, Church of England
- St Peter, Church of England
- St Philip & St Jacob, Church of England
- St Stephen, Church of England
- St Thomas, Church of England
- St Werburgh, Church of England
- Temple or Holy Cross, Church of England
You can also perform a more selective search for
churches in the Bristol area
that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help
identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the
of the churches marked on a map.
Description and Travel
You can see pictures of Bristol which are provided by:
You can see the administrative areas
in which Bristol has been placed at times in the past.
Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST600750 (Lat/Lon: 51.472491, -2.577322), Bristol which are provided by:
- Bristol's Lost Pubs - a very attractive, and easily navigable site dedicated to providing information about public houses that have disappeared from Bristol, with photographs and information gleaned from trade and street directories, &c.
- The Charter for the endowment of Bristol Grammar School was issued by Henry VIII to the Thorne family, and the school dates from 1532.