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Westbury on Trym, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Westbury-on-Trym, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire. The village stands 3 miles NNW of Bristol, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bristol, a village reading-room, library, &c., and a police station. The parish includes Stoke Bishop and Shirehampton tithings, and comprises 4922 acres of land and 23 of water with 66 of adjacent tidal water and 317 of foreshore; population of the civil parish, 22,523; of the ecclesiastical, 5472. The parish includes also the ecclesiastical parishes of Shirehampton, Stoke Bishop, Kingsdown, and Woolcot Park, and parts of Bishopston, Redland, and Tyndalls Park. A monastery was founded here in 824, was refounded as a cell to Worcester Priory in 1290, and again as a college in 1443, was given at the dissolution to Sir R. Sadler, and was burnt by the Royalists in the Civil Wars of Charles I. A massive square tower and a small round tower are the only remains of the college standing. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £650 with residence. The church is Early English, and consists of apsidal chancel, clerestoried nave, two aisles, each with a small chapel attached, and a lofty pinnacled tower. It contains the tomb of John Carpenter, a native of the parish, who was Bishop of Worcester, Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, and Chancellor of Oxford University. There are Wesleyan and Free Methodist chapels, and a convent. See BRISTOL, STOKE BISHOP, and SHIREHAMPTON.

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 parishWestbury-upon-Trym Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionClifton 

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

CountyCity of Bristol
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS9
Post TownBristol