Frenchay, a tithing and an ecclesiastical parish in Winterbourne parish, Gloucestershire. The tithing lies on an affluent of the river Avon, 1½ mile N of Fishponds station on the M.R., and 4½ miles N by E of Bristol. It has a post office under Fishponds (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Hambrook. The ecclesiastical parish includes also the hamlet of Hambrook, and was constituted in 1834. Population, 1132. Frenchay House, the Manor House, and Mal-mains are the chief residences. A thin vein of coal occurs here in a solid rock. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £365 with residence. Patron, St John's College, Oxford. The church was built in 1834. There is a Unitarian chapel, a meeting-house for the Society of Friends, and a Free Methodist chapel. There is a mission-room at Hambrook belonging to the church.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Hundred||Langley and Swinehead|
|Poor Law union||Clifton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1834.
The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.
Church of England
St. John the Baptist
The church of St. John the Baptist, consecrated in 1834, is a modern building of stone, in the Gothic style, consisting of nave of five bays, aisles, north porch and a western tower with spire containing a clock and 1 bell: it will seat 800 persons.
United Methodist Chapel
Society of Friends
Society of Friends Meeting House
The Unitarian chapel was founded in 1691 and rebuilt in 1720
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Frenchay from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Frenchay)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.
Online maps of Frenchay are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:
- Gloucester Citizen
- Gloucester Journal
- Gloucestershire Chronicle
- Gloucestershire Echo
- Cheltenham Chronicle
- Cheltenham Looker-On
The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.