Almondsbury is a parish and village, with the tithings of Hempton and Patchway, Over and Tockington Lower annexed, 8 miles west-south-west from the Yate, and 8 north from the Bristol station, 4½ south from Thornbury, 20 north-west from Bath, and 116 from London, in Barton Regis, Berkeley, Thornbury, Lower Langley, and Swineshead hundreds, Thornbury union, rural deanery and county court district, West Gloucestershire, Bristol archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol diocese ; it is situated on the Bristol and Gloucester road. The church of St. Mary is an ancient stone building, principally in the Early English style; there is a handsome obituary east window erected in memory of Dr. Gray, late Bishop of Bristol, by his family. The church consists of nave, aisles, porch, chancel, organ, tower, spire, clock and 8 bells. The living is a vicarage, value £900 yearly, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol; the great tithes are in the hands of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners; the Rev. Henry Gray, M.A., of University College, Oxford, is the vicar. There are two places of worship for Dissenters, and a National school for toys and girls, with master’s residence, and a branch school at Patchway. Knole Park is the seat of Col. Master; Over Court is the seat of Robert Cann Lippincott, Esq. The population in 1861 was 1,864; the acreage is 6,926. The soil is mostly clay ; the subsoil is limestone. Colonel Master (who is lord of the manor of the tithing of Almondsbury) and Robert Cann Lippincott, Esq. (who is lord of the manor of the tithings of Over and Hempton and Patchway), are chief landowners. Here was a Roman establishment. There are charities of between £200 and £300 yearly value. A chapel of ease was erected at the Cross Keys district in 1855; it is a neat stone build ing, in the Early English style, with nave, chancel, porch, and bell-turret with 2 bells.

Almondsbury tithing contained 686 inhabitants in 1861; Gaunt’s Earthcott tithing, 41; Lea tithing, 51; Hempton and Patchway tithing, 548; Over tithing, 74; Lower Tockington tithing, 464.

There are some Roman roads; near Knole Park is a camp, and a barrow near Over Court. To the west are marshes.

Parish Clerk, John Williams.


Gray Rev. Henry M.A. [vicar], Oaklands

Lippincott Robert Cann, esq. Over court

Master Col. Wm. Chester, Knole park


Adams Samuel, farmer

Anstey Cornelius, farmer

Arnold Thos. farmer, Targout farm, Lea

Bennett John, farmer, Lea

Bennett John Henry, shopkeeper

Caise John, shopkeeper

Collins William, blacksmith

Fisher Geo. farmer, Knap House farm

Hall Hannah (Mrs.), farmer

Hall John, farmer

Harcombe Thomas, tailor & postmaster

Hunt Eliza & Charlotte (Misses), ladies’ school, Grosvenor house

Hunt James, farmer, Haise farm

Huxley William, beer retailer, Lea

James John, veterinary surgeon

Lippiatt Charles, tiler &. plasterer

Luton Daniel, farmer

Luton George, jun. farmer, Court farm

Parker Jane (Mrs.), farmer

Pearce Thomas, blacksmith

Smith William, carpenter

Thomas Jacob, farmer, Gaunt’s Earthcott

Thomas James, farmer, Gaunt’s Earthcott

Thomas John, farmer, Woodhouse farm

Watkins George, farmer, Lea

Watkins Luke, farmer, Lea

Wilcox Henry, shopkeeper

Williams Charles, stonemason

Williams Edwin, Bowl

Williams Francis, shopkeeper

Wither Thomas, boot & shoe maker

Young George, stonemason

Young Jacob, farmer, Gaunt’s Earthcott

Young Samuel, farmer, Hortham farm

Young William, farmer, Callicroft farm

Post Office. — Thomas Harcombe, postmaster, arrive through Bristol. First arrival, 8 a.m.; second arrival, 6.30 p.m.; first dispatch, 9 a.m.; second dispatch, 5 p.m. Letters are not delivered at the second arrival, but can be had on application at the post office. On the second arrival letters are delivered in the village of Almondsbury that evening, but not elsewhere. The nearest money order office is at Thornbury

Tockington Lower.— Mrs. Lois Codrington, postmistress. Letters arrive through Bristol at 10.30 a.m.; dispatched at 4.30 p.m

Cribb’s Causeway, Over. — William Webb, receiver. Letters arrive thro’ Bristol 8.30 a.m.; dispatched 5.45 p.m

Police Station, Robert Porter, sergeant

Public Schools:—

National, T. Bunting Francis, master; Mrs. Francis, mistrs

Hempton Patchway (Branch), Miss M. Macfarlane, mistress

Conveyance. — Omnibuses pass from Thornbury to Bristol at 9 a.m. returning at 6.30 p.m

Carriers to Bristol. — Baylis, daily; Wilson, Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Hempton &. Patchway.

Brown Jacob, farmer, Woodlands

Carter Henry, farmer

Chapman Charles, farmer

Chapman William, Swan

Chapman William, jun. farmer

Collard William, New inn

Cooper Charles, baker

George George, farmer & butcher

Hall Thomas, farmer

Hopkins Charles, carpenter, wheel wright & shopkeeper

Hunt George, baker & shopkeeper

Hunt James, farmer

Mount Steph. Thos. farmer, Woodlands fm

Ogborn John, grocer & butcher

Osborne Daniel, farmer

Sarah Ann (Miss), dressmaker


Fisher Henry, farmer, Washingpool frm

Fisher Walter, farmer, St. Swithin’s frm

Ford Joseph, farmer, Over Court farm

Hiscox James, cattle dealer

Hunt Charles, farmer, Redriff farm

Leigh Ann (Mrs.), farmer

Virgo Charles, farmer

Webb William, Black Horse, & farmer

Tocklngton Lower.

Adams Ann (Mrs.), White Horse

Adams Samuel, farmer

Alvis Samuel, farmer

Griffith William, tailor

Harris James, Cross Hands

Harris Thomas, farmer

Harris William, farmer

Hewitt William, farmer

Hopkins Adam, farmer

Luce John, farmer

Parnell William Osborne, beer retailer & farmer

Pope James, boot & shoe maker

Robinson Elizabeth (Mrs.), beer retailr

Rosser Enos, carpenter & wheelwright

Rosser Mark, blacksmith

Scriven John, farmer

Shepherd George, farmer

Stevens Charles, grocer & draper

Sturge Edward, yeoman

Tanner Martin, farmer

Thomas Timothy, tailor

Watkins Charlotte (Mrs.), beer retailer

Webb John, farmer

Williams Henry, farmer

Williams Mark, farmer

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.