Horfield, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Horfield is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1543

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist Reform

Parishes adjacent to Horfield

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HORFIELD, a village and a parish in Clifton district, Gloucester. The village stands near the Bristol and Passage railway, 2 miles NNE of Bristol; and has a post office under Bristol, and a police station. The parish comprises 1,287 acres. Real property, £5,731. Pop. in 1851, 1,221; in 1861, 1,746. Houses, 248. The increase of pop. arose from railway operations and the extension of buildings. The property is divided among a few. The chief landowners are Bishop Monk's trustees. Infantry and cavalry barracks are here, with accommodation for 500 men; and, at the census of 1861, they had 389 inmates. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £186. Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1847, and has a tower. A memorial church, in the decorated English style, with 220 sittings, was erected in 1862. The vicarage of Bishopston is a separate benefice. There is a national school. Seyer, the historian of Bristol, was incumbent.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Horfield, a parish in the lower division of Berkeley hund., union of Clifton, Gloucestershire; 2 miles north of Bristol; on the post road from Bristol to Gloucester. Living, a perpetual curacy, formerly in the archd. of Gloucester and dio. of Bristol, now in the archd. of Bristol and dio. of Gloucester and Bristol; rated at £3, returned at £80; gross income £91. Patron, the bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. Here are 3 daily schools. Acres 1,190. Houses 62. A.P. £3,534. Pop., in 1801, 119; in 1831, 328. Poor rates, in 1838, £133 13s.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Ross James, sen., Horfield, Gloucestershire, farmer, Dec. 12, 1826.

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Horfield Gloucestershire Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Horfield is a parish and village, 2 miles north-east from Bristol, in the lower division of the hundred of Berkeley, Clifton union, Bristol deanery, archdeaconry and county court district, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric, pleasantly situated on the Great Northern road to Birmingham. The living is a perpetual curacy, annual value £133, with residence, in the patronage of the bishop; the Rev. Henry Richards, M. A., is the incumbent, and the Rev. Wm. Frederick Bryant, M.A., Oxford, and the Rev. H. Mayer, M.A., Oxford, are the curates. The church of the Holy Trinity is a neat structure, rebuilt and enlarged in 1847, and has a square tower containing 5 bells. The register dates from 1535.

The population in 1861 was 1,746. There are barracks for infantry, capable of accommodating 500 men, and chapel for the soldiers, and a county police station, with two police constables. There are three schools for boys, girls and infants respectively, endowed with £40 a year, and a Sunday school. A pleasure ground of 8 acres has been established. The population in 1861 was 1,853, and the acreage 1,220. The soil is loam; the subsoil, clay and stone. Lime abounds here. The chief crops are hay. Bishop Marsh's trustees are the chief landowners. Here are charities of £2 annual value.

Golden Hill and Lockley are farms.

Baxter Fras. Hastings, esq. Poplar cottg

Bowden Mrs

Bryant Rev. Wm. Fredk. M.A. [curate]

Dodd Mrs

Guest Mrs. Gloucester villa

Harris Charles, esq

Hitchens Richard, esq. Horfield lodge

Hollins Miss, Horfield villa

Richards Rev. Henry, M.A. [incumbent], Parsonage


Alderman Elizabeth (Mrs.), beer retailr

Atwell John, beer retailer

Bailey Henry, farmer, Horfield Down end

Brady Henry, Wellington hotel

Britton John, lath maker

Cox John, farmer, Quab farm

Davey William, farmer, Golden hill

Emitt Patrick, farmer

Gray Benjamin, toll collector

Lane Thomas, carpenter

Payne William, butcher

Robertson William, farmer

Rosser Thomas, grocer

Salter Hannah (Mrs.), beer retailer

Screachley Jane, grocer & beer retailer

Shubert William, beer retailer

Smith Wm. farmer, Horfield Down end

Spurway James, baker & beer retailer

Wade Nathaniel, farmer, Lockley farm

Post Office. — William Adams, postmaster. Letters arrive from Bristol at 7.30 a.m. & 5.30 p.m.; dispatched at 9.30 a.m. & 5.35 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Bristol

Public Schools: —
National (boys) (Edmond's Trust), George Dunkerton Hiscox, master
National (girls), Miss Elizabeth Ann Beak, mistress

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol, Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1863.


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Clifton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Bristol (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 - Gloucester, Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Bristol
  • Poor Law Union: Clifton
  • Hundred: Berkeley (Gloucestershire)
  • Province: Canterbury