Barrow Gurney, Somerset
Barrow-Gurney, a picturesque village and a parish in Somersetshire, 1 mile SSE of Flax Bourton station on the G.W.R., and 5 miles WSW of Bristol, with a post office under Flax Bourton. Acreage, 2064; population, 338. Barrow Court, near Barrow Hill, is a fine Tudor mansion, and occupies the site of a Benedictine nunnery founded by the Fitzhardinges. A parish room was opened in 1882. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £200 with residence. The church, which adjoins the Court, and is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin and St Edward K. & M., was enlarged by the addition of a chancel and vestry, and completely restored at a cost of £11,000 in 1889. It contains several curious monuments and a piece of tessellated pavement of 14th century work. The large reservoirs which supply Bristol with water are situated in this parish.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Barrow-Gurney Holy Trinity|
|Hundred||Hartcliffe with Bedminster|
|Poor Law union||Bedminster|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Barrow Gurney 1593-1812, Somerset is available to browse online.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Barrow Gurney from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Barrow-Gurney (Holy Trinity))
Online maps of Barrow Gurney 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 Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.