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Barrow Gurney, Somerset

Historical Description

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.

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 CountySomersetshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBarrow-Gurney Holy Trinity 
HundredHartcliffe with Bedminster 
Poor Law unionBedminster 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Barrow Gurney 1593-1812, Somerset is available to browse online., in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Civil Registration

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:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyNorth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS48
Post TownBristol