Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire


Chipping-Sodbury, a small market-town, the head of a poor law union and county court district, and a parish in Gloucestershire. The town stands on a declivity, adjacent to the river Frome, 2 miles SE of Yate station on the M.R., and 10 1/2 NE of Bristol, and has a head post office. It is governed by a bailiff and 10 burgesses, and has a town hall, a police station and police court, a bank, a reading room and library, and an endowed grammar school. A cattle market is held on the first and third Tuesday in the month. The church is Perpendicular, was restored in 1869, and contains an old stone pulpit, a carved oak chancel screen, and some stained windows. There are Roman Catholic and Baptist chapels, and a meeting-house for the Society of Friends. The workhouse is at Yate. The parish comprises 107 acres; population, 1028. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £285. Patron, the Vicar of Old Sodbury. There is a cemetery near the church, under the management of a burial board.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Chipping Sodbury 1661-1812, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.

The parish register dates from the year 1661.

The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.


Details of the places of worship in Chipping Sodbury, and their records, can be found on the following pages:

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Old maps of Chipping Sodbury are available on the site, and a current map is available on the site.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.