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Nailsea, Somerset

Historical Description

Nailsea, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands 8 miles WSW of Bristol, is a considerable place, and has a station on the G.W.R., 126 miles from London, and a post, money order, and telegraph office. The parish is divided into the tithings of East Nailsea, Middle Nailsea, and West Nailsea. Acreage, 2866; population, 1793. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. There are stone quarries, corn mills, sawmills, and two small breweries. Several coalpits are in the neighbourhood, but they have been closed for some years. A section of the parish was constituted a separate charge, under the name of Christchurch, in 1844. The head living is a rectory, and that of Christchurch is a vicarage, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value of the rectory, £200 with residence; of the vicarage, £100 with residence. The parish church, or church of the Holy Trinity, is Later English; was thoroughly repaired in 1861; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains a remarkable stone pulpit. Christchurch was built in 1844; is in the Early English style; and consists of nave and chancel. There are Congregational, Wesleyan, and Free Methodist chapels.

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 parishNailsea Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionBedminster 

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

Church Records, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Nailsea from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyNorth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS48
Post TownBristol