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Portbury, Somerset

Historical Description

Portbury, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands near Wans Dyke, 1½ mile W of the river Avon, with a station on the G.W.R., 128 miles from London, and 6 WNW of Bristol. It occupies the site of a Roman station, where Roman coins, foundations of Roman villas, and other Roman relics have been found. It has a post office under Bristol; money order office, Pill; telegraph office at railway station. Acreage, 2906; population of the civil parish, 439; of the ecclesiastical, 516. There is a parish council consisting of five members. An Angustinian cell to Bromere Priory was here, and has left some vestiges. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells, gross value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The church is ancient, and consists of nave, aisles, chancel, and chapel, with a fine tower; it has been well restored.

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 parishPortbury St. Mary 
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

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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