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.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Chipping Sodbury 1661-1812, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.
The parish register dates from the year 1661.
Details of the places of worship in Chipping Sodbury, and their records, can be found on the following pages:
- St. John the Baptist (Church of England)
- Baptist Chapel (Baptist)
- Society of Friends Meeting House (Society of Friends)
- St. Laurence (Roman Catholic)
The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.