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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Stapleton Holy Trinity|
|Poor Law union||Clifton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Stapleton (Holy Trinity))
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:
- 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.