Frenchay is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Gloucestershire, created in 1836 from Winterbourne Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: St. John Baptist, Frenchay

Other places in the parish include: Hambrook and Frenchay.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1834

Nonconformists include: Presbyterian, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Unitarian.

Parishes adjacent to Frenchay

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FRENCHAY, a tything and a chapelry in Winterbourne parish, Gloucester. The tything lies on an affluent of the river Avon, 2 miles NNW of Mangotsfield r. station, and 4 NE of Bristol; is a conjoint tything with Hambrook; and has a post office under Bristol. Pop., 1,621. Houses, 358. The chapelry was constituted in 1836; and is less extensive than the tything. Pop., 1,531. Houses, 337. The property is divided among a few. Frenchay House is a chief residence. A thin vein of coal occurs here in a solid rock. The living is a rectory in the diocese of G. and Bristol. Value, £500. Patron, St. John’s College, Oxford. The church is good.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

FRENCHAY, a tything, in the parish of Winterbourne, union of Clifton, Upper division of the hundred of Langley and Swinehead, W. division of the county of Gloucester; containing 594 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


Frenchay Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1856

Frenchay includes the village and tithing of Hambrok and part of Winterbourne Down, having a population of 1,446. It was separated for ecclesiastical purposes from the parish of Winterbourne, by Order in Council, on the 27th of May, 1836. The special act of Parliament is dated the 21st June, 1841. In this Act it is designated the parish of St. John Baptist, Frenchay. It is in Langley Hundred, Clifton Union. Here are many good residences.
Frenchay Lodge, Cliff Court, Newlands, Begbrook, and Cedar Hall, are places here.

Burgess Edward, esq. Frenchay lodge
Carter Rev. John, B.D. [rector]
Clarke Colonel, Newlands
Greenstreet General
Greenstreet Rev. Frdk. Wm. M.A., [curate]
Harford Charles Gray, esq
Harwood Rev. Daniel [Unitarian]
Haywood John, esq
Howse Rev. Henry Edwd. [Unitarian]
Hunt Robert, esq. Cliff court
Johnson Robert, esq
Parsons D. esq. Begbrook
Phillips Miss Georgina
Robinson Lieut.-Col. William Henry
Rooke Mrs.
Slater Mrs.
Surtees Rev. John, [canon of Bristol]
Taylor Miss, Cedar hall
Tuckett Francis, esq

Cates Thomas, grocer, shoemaker & beer retailer
Emett Walter, stonemason
Hobbs Thomas, iron agricultural implement & edge tool manufacturer
Hutton Charles, dairyman
Mauler George, coal carter
Norgrove Joseph, beer retailer
Pearce Henry, miller
Pinnell Thomas, shoemaker
Shipton Robert, butcher
Veale William, master of National schls
Vowles Hannah (Mrs.), grocer & postmistress

Post Office – Mrs. Hannah Vowles postmistress. Letters delivered at ½ past 8 a.m. & at 6 p.m.; dispatched 20 min. past 9 a.m. & 20 min. past 4 p.m.

St. John’s Church, Rev. John Carter, B.D. rector; Rev. Frederick William Greenstreet, M.A., curate.

Unitarian Chapel, Rev. Daniel Harwood, minister

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire with Bath and Bristol.  Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., 19, 20 & 21, Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1856.

Parish Records

Gloucestershire Archives & Family History Groups

Gloucestershire Archives

Forest of Dean Family History

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England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996

England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900

England, Bristol, Non-Conformist Church Records, 1777-1936

Gloucestershire Births, Marriages & Deaths

Gloucestershire Inquisitions 1626-1648

South Gloucestershire Burial Index

Gloucestershire Hearth Tax 1672

Soldiers of Gloucestershire

Wills of Gloucestershire

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England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

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Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977



England and Wales Census, 1841

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United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

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  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Clifton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Bristol
  • Poor Law Union: Clifton
  • Hundred: Langley and Swinehead
  • Province: Canterbury

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