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Stapleton, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Stapleton, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village stands 1½ mile N of Stapleton Road station on the G.W.R., 1½ W of Fishponds station on the M.R., and 2 miles NE of Bristol, and has a post and money order office under Fishponds (R.S.O.); telegraph office, Fishponds. The parish includes the ecclesiastical parishes of Eastville and Fishponds, is suburban to Bristol, and within Bristol parliamentary borough. Acreage, 2573; population of the civil parish, 14,589; of the ecclesiastical, 1130. It is governed by an urban district council of fifteen members. There are numerous good residences. A palace for the Bishops of Gloucester and Bristol was built in 1840, and is now occupied by Colston's School. Stoke Park, a seat of the Duke of Beaufort, is a fine mansion standing on the summit of a steep hill. It was erected in the reign of Elizabeth by Sir Richard Berkeley, was much injured in the Rebellion, and was restored about 1760, It stands in a park of about 600 acres. Oldbury Court is an ancient mansion. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £250 with residence. The church was built in 1856, and is in the Decorated style, with tower and lofty spire.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishStapleton Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionClifton 

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

Church Records

The parish registers for the Diocese of Bristol are available online at Ancestry, in association with Bristol Archives.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stapleton from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.


Online maps of Stapleton 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.

CountyCity of Bristol
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS16
Post TownBristol