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Frenchay, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

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.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyGloucestershire 
Civil parishWinterbourne 
HundredLangley and Swinehead 
Poor Law unionClifton 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

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


Unitarian Chapel

The Unitarian chapel was founded in 1691 and rebuilt in 1720

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Frenchay from the following:

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:

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.

CountySouth Gloucestershire
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS16
Post TownBristol