A bibliography of Shirehampton

What there is to read about the history of Shirehampton, Avonmouth, King’s Weston, Lawrence Weston and Sea Mills

Compiled by Richard Coates

Introduction

Like all bibliographies, this is an ongoing project. If you know of any useful books or articles or live web‐sites which are missing from here, please contact the compiler at richardc.yb@gmail.com.

The work focuses on history, not news.

Links are provided where possible to current online resources. The links mentioned in this work were active on the date of this revision unless stated otherwise. Quite a few items formerly available online are no longer accessible at the site originally hosting them, and I have not traced any replacement, which emphasizes the value of paper books and articles!

Being mentioned in this work is not a guarantee of accuracy or excellence.

Local information just mentioned in passing within more inclusive works is not listed here.

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Acknowledgements

This is to acknowledge the indispensable work of one local historian in particular: Ethel Thomas. Mrs Thomas’ significant Avonmouth Collection of local documents and her own writings is in the Bristol Archives formerly Bristol Record Office at 2.

The Archives’ catalogue of the collection, which also provides information about many unpublished items, items in draft and small newspaper articles which are not mentioned elsewhere in the present work, can be accessed at http://archives.bristol.gov.uk/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=2; some are mentioned immediately below. The catalogue says:

Ethel Thomas was a locally renowned author and contributed to various publications in the Shirehampton, Avonmouth and Sea Mills areas, including Shire newspaper 1978‐2002, the Shire‐Avon Gazette 1969‐71 and others. Many of her research notes and drafts of her printed articles are retained in this section of the collection that is, 2/A and these items provide the background and context to many of the facts that she presented in her published work.

Some of her articles on local topics are to be found in Bristol Archives but have not so far been incorporated into the present bibliography. These are:

Bristol Archives
2/A/32
: Typescript local history articles, date and place of publication not known in every case, but several appeared in Shire from the 1970s to the 1990s; dates given are on the typescripts
  • History of St Peter’s parish church, Lawrence Weston.
    1979.
  • The Reverend Hector Alexander Powell of Shirehampton.
    1993.
  • German spies in the area of Avonmouth during Second World War.
    1993.
  • Shirehampton ‐ some reminiscences including ghosts at Priory House.
    1993.
  • Avonmothonian Stanley Webb R. I. P.
    1993.
  • Raban/ Evelyn Waugh Shirehampton connection.
    1993.
  • Draft of Splendid Ships, with annotations and corrections.
    undated.

Bristol Archives 2/A/47: Typescript short articles about aspects of Shirehampton history submitted to Shire and Port of Bristol Authority. Portfolio newspapers, exact publication details not traced 1970s ‐ 1980s; articles about:

  • Penpole of yester‐year. Shire 1974.
  • Hung Road. Shire 1975.
  • The Avonmouth Hotel. 1975.
  • The Lamplighter’s. Public house. Shire and Portfolio 1976.
  • The Avon Lighthouse 1840‐1902, with a poem about the same by Ethel Kate Bullock, died 1910. 1976.
  • Invasion over here, about US soldiers in Bristol during World War II. 1984.
  • Avonmouth and Shirehampton Labour Band victory celebrations. undated.

Not all materials in the Ethel Thomas Collection have been checked for inclusion here.

Valuable local historical writings by Ralph A. Hack and Judy Helme especially should be noted.

Thanks for assistance with the present work (given directly or indirectly, and wittingly or otherwise) go to Anthony Beeson, David Cemlyn, Susan Cooper, Judy Helme, Margaret McGregor, David Martyn, Liz Napier, Professor Nicholas Orme, Amanda Parsons, Angela Thompson Smith and the staff of Bristol Archives, and especially Les Harrold for making the first release of this bibliography fit for the internet age.

Contents

WIDER HISTORY OF THE AREA

The Victoria County History of Gloucestershire has not yet reached the Shirehampton and Avonmouth, Sea Mills, King’s Weston and Lawrence Weston area. No attempt has been made to list the very many scattered references to the area in books about Bristol and Gloucestershire, although full chapters devoted mainly or exclusively to the area are included. The books, articles and web‐sites mentioned here are otherwise strictly local. An extremely useful resource is the set of layered historical maps, with pinned academic and community information, at Know Your Place,
http://www.kypwest.org.uk/,
https://maps.bristol.gov.uk/kyp
accessed frequently.

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OUR LOCAL HISTORY: THE WIDER NORTH‐BRISTOL CONTEXT

General

    • Bainbridge, Virginia and Julia Letts, eds, for the A Forgotten Landscape project team.
      2017
      Tales of the Vale: stories from A Forgotten Landscape.
      South Gloucestershire
      Heritage Lottery Fund ‐ A Forgotten Landscape project.
      Book with oral history CD Section 1 covers north‐west Bristol.

    • City Design Group, authors David Martyn and Pete Insole (2020)
      Section 7: Shirehampton conservation area character appraisal.
      In a draft city-wide planning document slated for adoption by the City Council late in 2020.
      Available online at https://www.bristol.gov.uk/documents/20182/4961990/Shirehampton+Conservation+Area+Character+Appraisal+-+Public+consultation.pdf/397dfb3c-b61f-0a14-14c8-133bb54d514a

    • Coates, Richard.
      in preparation
      Shirehampton sketches.
      Includes both material previously published on local themes in Shire newspaper and elsewhere between 2007 and the present, with revisions, and new material.
    • Foot, David, photography by Chris Wright.
      1978
      Shirehampton’s marvellous murky memories.
      Gloucestershire and Avon Life
      February,
      30‐33.
    • Hack, Ralph A.
      1977
      A pictorial history of Kingsweston, Shirehampton and Avonmouth to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Avonmouth Dock.
      In Bristol Archives
      Pamphlet/844.
      Folded typescript accompanying an exhibition at King’s Weston.
    • Hack, Ralph A.
      1983
      Shirehampton and its cricket club: the changing scene.
      Introductory general historical essay in E. G. Joslin, W. Elborne and others,
      Shirehampton Cricket Club 1858‐1983: 125th anniversary.
      Bristol: Shirehampton Cricket Club.
      Available at Bristol Archives, Pamphlet/2041, and through the branch library system.
    • Thomas, Ethel, ed. by Derek Archer.
      1977
      The Avonmouth story.
      Dursley
      F. Bailey and Derek Archer.
    • Thomas, Ethel.
      1981
      Down the ’Mouth: a history of Avonmouth.
      Privately published.
      New book, but in effect the 2nd edition of previous item; a further new, 2nd edition 1992.
    • Thomas, Ethel, photography by Chris Wright.
      1981
      Bravery of ‘a south‐west town’.
      Gloucestershire and Avon Life
      January,
      30‐31
      The town which remained anonymous in the wartime press was Avonmouth.
    • Thomas, Ethel.
      1983
      Shirehampton story.
      Privately published
      2nd edition 1993.
      A short account of the history of Shirehampton by Ethel Thomas, derived from this book, is on the web at http://www.shire.org.uk.
    • Thomas, Ethel.
      1989
      War story.
      Privately published.
      History and reminiscences of Avonmouth and Shirehampton in both World Wars.
    • Thomas, Ethel.
      2002
      The continuing story of Shirehampton.
      Privately published.
    • Woods, S. R.
      1970
      Shirehampton: the 1851 census.
      Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 89.
      145‐155.

The area presently occupied by Shirehampton and Avonmouth parishes was originally a detached tithing /chapelry of Westbury on Trym parish. The following historical works covering Westbury in the early period (when Shirehampton would have been included) have been published.

    • McGregor, Margaret.
      2017
      The parish church of Holy Trinity, Westbury‐on‐Trym: a guide for visitors.
      Westbury
      Holy Trinity Church.
    • Mogford, Ernest.
      1954
      The history, survey and description from earliest times of Westbury‐on‐Trym.
      Privately published.
    • Orme, Nicholas and Jon Cannon.
      2010
      Westbury‐on‐Trym: monastery, minster and college.
      Bristol
      Bristol Record Society.
      vol. 62.
    • Westbury‐on‐Trym parish church.
      1967
      1250 years at Westbury‐on‐Trym.
      Privately published.
      Also available in the Bristol and Avon Family History Society Research Room at Bristol Archives.

See also the works by H. J. Wilkins about aspects of Westbury’s ancient history listed below in Early documents and inscriptions: published.

The area presently occupied by King’s Weston and Lawrence Weston consisted formerly of two tithings of Henbury parish, and Sea Mills was within the lands of King’s Weston. The following general historical works covering Henbury in earlier centuries (when the Weston estates would have been included) have been published.

  • anonymous.
    1958/1970
    A guide to Henbury.
    first and second editions.
    Bristol
    Hallen and Henbury Women’s Institute.
  • Layzell, Doreen.
    1984
    Invitation to Henbury.
    Bristol
    Redcliffe Press.
    Many copies in local libraries, including Bristol Central Library.
  • Tonkin, Marguerite.
    1999
    Old Henbury.
    Bristol
    Redcliffe Press.
    7 copies in Bristol Central Library.
  • There is also much written specifically on the former Henbury Great House and on Blaise Castle House, park and folly, which are outside our area and therefore omitted here.

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LOCAL HISTORY RESOURCES: INDEXES, GAZETTEERS, JOURNALS

Indexes of local history periodicals

Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society (TBGAS)

Searchable and clickable index of mentions relating to places in the area near the mouth of the Avon

The Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society’s index is at http://www.bgas.org.uk/publications/transactions.html. In late 2018, online access is possible to the general index to vols 1‐137 (1876‐2019) and the contents pages of vols 1‐135 (1876‐2017). The full text of articles and notes in vols 1‐135 (1876‐2017) can be found by clicking on the page‐numbers indicated. The full text of articles and notes is not available online until one year after paper publication.

Some articles of special local archaeological interest are mentioned separately above. For others, search on the place‐name (e.g. Avonmouth, King’s Weston or Kingsweston) within the contents or article indexes.

Other local historical periodicals occasionally carrying articles about our area: Avon Past (now no longer being published),
Bristol and Avon Archaeology and Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society

  • Local publications sometimes carrying historical material

    If anyone knows the whereabouts of any complete runs of the first four journals/magazines, please tell the compiler at richardc.yb@gmail.com.

    • The Avonside Journal.
      1938.
    • Parish of Avonmouth Monthly Magazine.
      < ???? >.
    • Parish of Shirehampton Monthly Magazine.
      1935.
    • Portfolio and Tideway
      publications of the Port of Bristol Authority.
    • Shire
      1972‐date
      monthly free‐distribution newsletter/newspaper. Printed version from February 1972; back issues are available at Shirehampton Public Library.
      eShire is online from March 1999 (issue 326)
      http://www.shire.org.uk/.
    • Shire‐Avon Contact.
      1967‐8,
      Shire‐Avon Gazette.
      1969‐71.
      Newsletters of St Andrew’s church, Avonmouth.
      In Bristol Archives

      P.Avon/PM/2/a

      and

      P.Avon/PM/2/b
      respectively.
    • Community Voice: newsletter of the Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle Community Project.
    • Save Sea Mills Garden Suburb Newsletter.
      2007‐8.

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PEOPLE

  • Demography, social history and censuses

    • anonymous.
      2000
      Local history.
      Shire
      June.
      http://www.shire.org.uk, quoted in full below

      The village of Shirehampton, in the 17th and early 18th centuries, consisted of 36 dwellings, housing just over 40 families and having a total population of around 200 people. We know of the people who live in Shirehampton at this time and we also know their occupations from the probate inventories. Perhaps some of the following have descendants living in Shirehampton today!

      Arthur King Vintner
      Arthur Baker Husbandman
      Elizabeth Dyer Widow
      Henry Durberne Mariner
      Richard Highway Husbandman
      Thomas Whiting Yeoman
      John Prior Yeoman
      Anthony Matthew Pilot
      Thomas Sergeant Husbandman
      William Matthews Mariner
      Thomas Collins Yeoman
      William Rome Husbandman
      John Green Yeoman
      Roger Wade Mariner
      John Pearce Thatcher
      Christopher Wilcox Yeoman
      John Cheshire Husbandman
      Thomas Smith Yeoman
      Elizabeth Bateman Widow
      Thomas Cobden Husbandman
      William Woodham Husbandman
      George Morris Husbandman
      Margaret Smith Widow
      Joan Taylor Widow
      John Clement Butcher
      William Parker Yeoman
      John Stokes Yeoman
      Richard Willington Yeoman

      Apart from the few who made their living as seamen, nearly everyone else was involved in agriculture, either as husbandman (small farmer), or yeoman (farming over 50 acres).

    • Bone, Ian.
      2001
      Community profile of Shirehampton.
      Shirehampton
      Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association.
      previously hall.shire.org.uk/profile.html, also
      http://archive.li/qdvNj
      for a reference to the report, but it is no longer accessible
      A paper copy exists in the Public Hall archive
      accessed 03 January 2008.
    • Richardson, Mike.
      2012
      Pirates to proletarians: the experience of the pilots and watermen of Crockerne Pill in the nineteenth century.
      Bristol
      Bristol Radical History Group.
      pamphlet 23.
      Sociology and politics. What happened in Pill was relevant to Shirehampton.
    • Woods, S. R.
      1970
      Shirehampton: the 1851 census.
      Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
      145‐155.

  • Published reminiscences

    • Barnes, Jo.
      1979
      Arthur and me ‐ docker’s children.
      Bristol
      Bristol Broadsides.
      Family reminiscences, Avonmouth.
    • Helme, Judy for a group of researchers.
      2003
      In the footsteps in giants: a history of Lawrence Weston.
      Bristol
      ’acta Community Theatre Ltd.
    • Helme, Judy and Sue Davies, eds.
      no date; ? 1999
      A mouthful of memories: an oral history of Avonmouth.
      Bristol
      Avonmouth Genealogy Group.
    • Helme, Judy and Sue Davies, eds.
      2001
      Another mouthful of memories: an oral history of Avonmouth.
      Bristol
      Avonmouth Genealogy Group.
    • Hodges, Edwin, of Avonmouth
      1954
      The port used to have only one ship a week.
      Evening Post
      18 October.
    • Lukins, Celia.
      2005
      Reminiscences of the author’s father, Ivor Packer, contributed to BBC archive ‘WW2 People’s War’,
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/54/a4921454.shtml
      accessed 26 August 2018.
    • Smith, Angela Thompson.
      2006
      Shire.
      Baltimore, Maryland
      Publish America.
      Print‐on‐demand collection of reminiscences and recipes which first appeared in Shire newspaper.
    • Thomas, Ethel.
      1989
      War Story.
      Privately published.
      Reminiscences of Avonmouth and Shirehampton in wartime.
  • Unpublished reminiscences

    • Baron, François, of Shirehampton
      1823‐99
      Diary/memoirs formerly in hands of Mr Densmore Walker.
      Extracts are in the Ethel Thomas collection,
      Bristol Archives,
      2/A/73
      .
    • Brayley, Harper, of Avonmouth.
      Typescript memories of Harper Brayley, with annotations, 1954‐69.
      There are notes in the Ethel Thomas collection, Bristol Archives,
      2/A/5
      .
    • Craddy, George Adams, of Pill and later of Shirehampton
      1885‐1920? diary date? ‐ lived 1855‐1920; memoirs, whereabouts unknown. There are extracts and notes (among many others) in the Ethel Thomas collection, Bristol Archives,
      2/A/13.
  • Genealogy of local families

  • Historical personalities

    • Thomas Alcock, 17thC historical character associated with the second Earl of Rochester, courtier and poet (Shirehampton)
      • Cooper, Susan Margaret.
        2017
        Thomas Alcock: a biographical account.
        Privately published and obtainable from the author.
    • Irene Base, calligrapher (Shirehampton)
      • Niblett, Gordon.
        1982
        Obituary of Irene Base.
        Newsletter which was the forerunner of
        The Scribe 25.
      • See also Ethel Thomas,
        The continuing story of Shirehampton.
        124‐126.
    • Roy Bentley, professional footballer (Shirehampton)
      • Bentley, Roy.
        1955
        Going for goal.
        London
        Museum Press.
        Autobiography.
      • Bentley, Roy and Jim Drury.
        2005
        Roy Wonder. Roy Bentley: Chelsea Champion.
        Stroud
        The History Press.
    • Frederick Bligh Bond, architect (with distinctive buildings in Shirehampton and Avonmouth including the Public Hall, The Wylands, The Miles Arms, and the former King’s Weston Estate Office in Shirehampton)
      • Coates, Richard.
        2015
        Frederick Bligh Bond (1864‐1945): a bibliography of his writings and a list of his buildings
        Working paper. University of the West of England,
        http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/25679.
      • Hopkinson‐Ball, Tim.
        2007
        The rediscovery of Glastonbury: Frederick Bligh Bond, architect of the New Age.
        Stroud
        Sutton Publishing.
        Biography; chapter 2 includes material about Bond’s time as architect to the King’s Weston estate.
      • Pollard, Kate.
        2003
        Bligh Bond, a ‘colourful’ Bristol architect.
        Evening Post
        2 December 2003.
        Also
        http://www.shire.org.uk
        accessed 28 August 2018.
      • See also Thomas,
        The continuing story of Shirehampton.
        124‐145.
    • Barbara Chick, nurse and Falklands War hero (Shirehampton)

      Barbara Chick was honoured with a ceremony and plaque at Shirehampton Health Centre on 5 September 1984, according to the Falkland Islands Newsletter 21 (November 1984), 7:

      In Memory of Nurse Barbara Chick, S.E.N.
      A resident of Shirehampton, who
      gave her life on 10th April 1984
      trying to rescue patients
      trapped by a fire at the
      King Edward VII Memorial Hospital
      Port Stanley
      Falkland Islands

      Barbara ignored orders to keep out of the burning hospital and stayed with her patients until she was overcome by smoke, according to the Associated Press. She is buried at Port Stanley. The plaque does not appear to be displayed at the present Health Centre in Pembroke Road.

    • Rotha Mary Clay, pioneer social worker, historian and art historian (Shirehampton)
    • Rachel Harvey, writer, aunt of Rev. A. J. Harvey, vicar (Shirehampton)
      • Harvey, Rev Afred J.
        1905
        Rachel Harvey.
        No further details of this book have been discovered. Probably privately published, but not found in any copyright library.
      • Harvey, Rachel.
        A book of her poetry, edited by her nephew.
        No further details of this book have been discovered. Probably privately published, but not found in any copyright library.
    • Gilbert Jessop, cricketer (Shirehampton)
    • Hal Jons (Harry Jones, Harry Graham), author (Shirehampton)
      • Coates, Richard.
        2018
        The Wild West of England.
        Shire
        555,
        April,
        3.
        A prolific author of Westerns.
    • James Lewis, West Indies merchant and slave owner (resident of Shirehampton; monument in Westbury church)
    • Philip John Miles, West Indies merchant, slave owner and banker (Leigh Court and King’s Weston)
      • Farrell, Stephen and David R. Fisher.
        2009
        Miles, Philip John (1774‐1845). In David R. Fisher, ed.,
        The history of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1820‐32.
        Cambridge
        Cambridge University Press.
      • Legacies of British Slave Ownership database,
        https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/;
        search for Miles.
      • Morgan, Kenneth.
        2016 Miles, Philip John (1774‐1845).
        Oxford dictionary of national biography.
        Oxford
        Oxford University Press.
        https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/107409
        Requires subscriber login or similar.
    • Philip Napier Miles, composer and philanthropist (King’s Weston)
      • anonymous.
        2007
        Philip Napier Miles.
        Wikipedia.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Napier_Miles
        , which includes a list of some of his published music.
      • Colles, Henry C.
        1936
        Philip Napier Miles: composer.
        Music and Letters 17.4,
        357‐367.

        Miles’s personal and related papers and music (1884‐1951) can be found at University of Bristol Special Collections GB 3 DM 39, along with his conductor’s baton in the university’s Cabinet of Curiosities. There are occasional short references to his concerts in musical journals, not detailed here.

    • Archibald Sayce, linguistic scholar (Shirehampton)

      Archives of Sayce’s papers can be traced through:


      http://www.pitts.emory.edu/Archives/text/mss264.html

      accessed 12 July 2018.

      formerly at http://www.ashmolean.museum/gri/4sayce.html, now no longer accessible.

      • See also
        Who Was Who in Egyptology.
        3rd ed., 1995,
        375.
    • Samuel Seyer, historian (resident of Bristol, buried at Shirehampton)
      • Bettey, Joseph H.
        2008
        Seyer, Samuel (1757‐1831).
        Oxford dictionary of national biography.
        Oxford
        Oxford University Press,
        https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/25153
        Requires subscriber login or similar.
    • Robert Stephens, actor (Shirehampton)
      • Stephens, Robert and Michael Coveney.
        1995
        Robert Stephens, knight errant: memoirs of a vagabond actor.
        London
        Hodder and Stoughton.
        There is a blue plaque on his childhood home in Priory Road.
    • Ethel Thomas, local historian of Avonmouth and Shirehampton (Avonmouth)
    • Dorothy and William Wordsworth (visitors to Shirehampton)
      • Hack, Ralph A.
        1998
        The Wordsworths in Shirehampton.
        Partially reprinted in
        Shire
        March 2009.
        http://www.shire.org.uk
        accessed 8 September 2018.

    Many other local people are commemorated especially in the pages of Shire, the issues of which since 1999 can be searched
    online electronically at http://www.shire.org.uk.

    For biographies of national public figures it is usually best to start with Wikipedia and follow up references there. For other significant personalities, including more information on those mentioned above, see Shirehampton Sketches.:

  • Monumental inscriptions (including war memorials)

    • ABHBA (1888‐90) Note 1618: Shirehampton church: memorial inscriptions
      9 inscriptions within the church, taken in 1883.
      Gloucestershire Notes and Queries 4.
      181‐182.
    • Bigland, Ralph (lived 1711‐84), ed. Brian Frith.
      1989‐95
      Historical, monumental and genealogical collections relative to the county of Gloucester.
      4 vols.
      Stroud
      Alan Sutton, for Gloucestershire Record Society.
      Includes transcriptions of Shirehampton churchyard memorials, vol. IV, 1418 of Frith’s edition. The entry for the whole of Westbury parish is on 1405‐10, and includes memorials of relevance to Shirehampton in Westbury church.
    • Bristol & Avon Family History Society.
      1980‐6
      Transcription of inscriptions in Shirehampton cemetery,
      https://www.bafhs.org.uk/local-burials/shirehampton
      accessed 29 October 2018.
      The actual burial registers are held at Canford Cemetery Office, Westbury on Trym. For the churchyard, see Shirehampton Church‐Yard Book (1869, with new entries thereafter),
      Bristol Archives,
      P.St MS/I/6/1.
      .
    • Chubb, Bob.
      2006
      Imperial Smelting Corporation war memorial.
      Shire,
      November.
      http://www.shire.org.uk
      accessed 27 August 2018.

      A memorial commemorating the sacrifice of 22 employees of the Imperial Smelting Corporation was until recently located at the former smelter site which is now owned by Rhodia in Avonmouth. Last year 2005 it was noticed that this memorial was showing signs of wear and unfortunately the materials did not make it possible to relocate it. Rhodia commissioned a new memorial plaque which as a long term solution was erected in the Memorial Corner at St Andrews Church, Avonmouth. On 31st August 2006 this plaque was dedicated by the Archdeacon of Bristol, Ven. Tim McClure, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Bristol and the Lady Mayoress.

    • Coates, Richard.
      2019
      An epitaph in Dano‐Norwegian in Shirehampton chapel yard.
      Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 137,
      254-257.
    • Shirehampton Local History Group.
      2009
      St Mary’s Shirehampton: memorial inscriptions and sketch plans
      Based on an original index produced by Bristol and Avon Family History Society.
    • Viator.
      1882‐4
      DCCCXIX = note 819.
      Index to monumental inscriptions, Shirehampton
      Some from church and churchyard, taken in 1883..
      Gloucestershire Notes and Queries 2.
      392‐393.
    • Westlake, Ray.
      2002a
      Transcription of inscription on Avonmouth war memorial, St Andrew’s church 44 names.
      With Pilning,
      http://www.hellfirecorner.co.uk/westlake/Westlake9.html
      accessed 27 August 2018.
    • Westlake, Ray.
      2002b
      Transcription of inscription on Shirehampton war memorial 58 names.

      http://www.hellfirecorner.co.uk/westlake/Westlake18.html

      accessed 27August 2018.

THE AREA AT WAR

see also Monumental inscriptions.

  • Both World Wars

    Shirehampton Remembered

    During the World Wars many people from the Shirehampton area lost their lives both in this country and in the far‐flung corners of the world. To commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, a Book of Remembrance has been presented to St Mary’s church in Shirehampton. It has been compiled locally using Commonwealth War Graves Commission data, the 1901 Census and details from Les Grey (Shirehampton). Though not complete, the book does give information about the person’s family/military details and their final resting place or memorial location and may be of interest to local families wishing to find out about relatives lost in both world wars. The book is available for viewing by contacting St Mary’s Church in Shirehampton.

    • Thomas, Ethel.
      1989
      War story.
      Privately published.
      History and reminiscences of Avonmouth and Shirehampton in both World Wars.
  • The First World War

    • Burlton, Clive.
      2014
      Mustard gas production at Avonmouth. In Melanie Kelly, ed.,
      Bristol and the First World War: the great reading adventure 2014.
      Abbots Leigh
      Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.
      36‐39.
    • Byrne, Eugene.
      2014
      ‘Homes fit for heroes’ ‐ Bristol’s new housing estates.
      In Melanie Kelly, ed.,
      Bristol and the First World War: the great reading adventure 2014.
      Abbots Leigh
      Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.
      98‐100.
    • locallearning.org.
      undated
      Remount Depot display.
      Online at http://www.locallearning.org.uk/Remount-depot-display.pdf
      accessed 21 September 2020.
    • Nourse, Nick with Peter Insole.
      2014
      The Remount Depot.
      In Melanie Kelly, ed.,
      Bristol and the First World War: the great reading adventure 2014.
      Abbots Leigh
      Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.
      48‐49.
    • Wadsworth, Jacqueline.
      2014
      Bristol in the Great War.
      Barnsley
      Pen & Sword.
      There is significant material on Avonmouth and Shirehampton (The Remount Depot) in chapter 2.

    see also Remount Depot

  • The Second World War

    • Rogers, John.
      1997
      Bristol blitz.
      Focusing on the raids on Avonmouth and Shirehampton,
      http://www.shire.org.uk
      accessed 4 September 2018.

PLACES

  • Historical photographs

    • Beeson, Anthony.
      2013
      Westbury‐on‐Trym to Avonmouth through time.
      Stroud
      Amberley Publishing.
    • Bliszko, Lucy.
      2016
      21 historic photos of Shirehampton.
      Bristol 24/7,
      https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/features/historic-photos-of-shirehampton/
      accessed 21 September 2020.
    • Fisher, Janet and Derek Fisher, compilers.
      1994?
      Shirehampton, Sea Mills: on old postcards.
      Bristol
      Bygone Bristol.
    • Hoey, David.
      undated
      Old postcards of Shirehampton,
      http://www.shire.org.uk
      accessed 4 September 2018.
    • Morgan, John H.
      1860‐4
      Photography by John H. Morgan: A Frame containing Four Views of the Effects of the late Hurricane at Shirehampton; Shirehampton Park; At King’s Weston; exhibited 1860‐4 Reference
      http://peib.dmu.ac.uk/detailexhibition.php?exbtnid=1039&inum=379&listLength=595&orderBy=photographernorm
      accessed 27 August 2018.
    • Winstone, Reece.
      1977
      Bristol’s suburbs in the 1920’s & 1930’s: the photographs taken and collected by, and the book written …. by Reece Winstone.
      Privately published.
    • Winstone, Reece.
      1985
      Bristol’s suburbs long ago.
      Privately published

      and to be found scattered in many of the other pictorial books by the same photographer.

  • Archaeological excavation reports and similar

    Watching‐brief reports with no significant findings are mostly omitted. Many not mentioned here can be found pinned on the Bristol: Know Your Place web‐site.

    • General geology and Palaeolithic archaeology of the area

      • ApSimon, A. M. and George C. Boon.
        1960
        An exposure of the Bristol Avon gravels at Shirehampton, near Bristol, June 1959.
        Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 9.1.
        22‐29.
      • Bates, Martin R.
        2003
        A brief review of deposits containing palaeolithic artefacts in the Shirehampton area of Bristol and their regional context Llwynfedwen, Libanus,
        Brecon
        Report for the Avon Archaeological Unit on behalf of Linden Homes Western Ltd.
      • Bates, Martin R. and F. F. Wenban‐Smith.
        2005
        Palaeolithic research framework for the Bristol Avon basin. Report commissioned by Bristol City Council,
        http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.673.1964&rep=rep1&type=pdf
        accessed 26 August 2018.
        There are other references relevant to the area in this web‐document.
      • Clevedon Brown, J.
        1957
        Archaeological notes: Palaeolithic and other implements from the Shirehampton district.
        Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 8.1.
        43‐44.
      • GeoQuest Associates.
        1999
        Archaeomagnetic study of a sediment sequence at Kite’s Corner, Cabot Park, Avonmouth
        Report for Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd.
      • Lacaille, A. D.
        1954
        Palaeoliths from the lower reaches of the Bristol Avon.
        The Antiquaries Journal 34.
        1‐27.
      • Locock, M, S. Robinson and A. Yates.
        1998a
        Cabot Park phase 2: Poplar, Packgate and Moorend, Avonmouth, Bristol. Archaeological Evaluation
        Report for Burford Group PLC. Report 98/047.
      • Locock, M, S. Robinson and A. Yates.
        1998b
        Late Bronze Age sites at Cabot Park, Avonmouth.
        Archaeology in the Severn Estuary 9.
        31‐36.
      • McConnell, Richard.
        2003
        Bristol Waste Water Treatment Works, Avonmouth, Bristol: an archaeological watching brief.
        East Stour, Dorset
        Context One Archaeological Services.
        Report for Wessex Water plc.
        Formerly
        http://www.contextone.co.uk/online_reports/downloads/WBF_WWB_report.pdf
        accessed 20 February 2007.
        This may be related to:

      • Norcott, D.
        2013
        Bristol Waste Water Treatment Works, Avonmouth ‐ Stage 2: Geoarchaeological description and interpretation.
        Salisbury
        Wessex Archaeology.
        Stage 3, Palaeoenvironmental assessment report,
        http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/library/browse/issue.xhtml?recordId=1154679&recordType=GreyLitSeries
        accessed 18 September 2018.
      • Roe, Derek.
        1974
        Palaeolithic artefacts from the River Avon terraces near Bristol.
        Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 13.3.
        319‐326.
        Includes finds from the Ham Green ‐ Shirehampton area.
      • Skempton, Alec, S. W. Smotrych, F. A. Hibbert & J. R. Haynes.
        undated
        Holocene stratigraphy and sea‐level changes near Avonmouth, Gloucestershire. Typescript in Alec Skempton’s papers; see Anne Barrett and Kate Thompson (2005).
        Skempton Papers Guide to Records.
        Imperial College
        http://www.cv.ic.ac.uk/SkemArchive/HDMS/Civils/Skempton/Web/skempton.htm
        accessed 10 July 2018.
        Imperial College, London, archive identifier: SKEM00577; box number 66, series 19.

    • Sites in Avonmouth

      • Everton, A. and R. Everton.
        1981
        Romano‐British occupation at Crook’s Marsh Farm, Avonmouth.
        Bristol Archaeological Research Group 2.
        57‐58.
      • Locock, Martin and Martin Lawler.
        2000
        Moated enclosures on the North Avon Level: survey and excavation at Rockingham Farm, Avonmouth, 1993‐7.
        Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 118.
        93‐122.
      • Masser, Paul, Julie Jones and Bridget McGill.
        2005
        Romano‐British settlement and land use on the Avonmouth Levels: the evidence of the Pucklechurch to Seabank pipeline project.
        Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 123.
        55‐86.

    • Sites at King’s Weston Roman villa and adjacent

      • Boon, George C.
        1950
        The Roman villa in King’s Weston Park (Lawrence Weston Estate, Gloucestershire).
        Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 69,
        5‐58.
        Includes specialist reports by D. B. Harden (glass), Stanley Smith (building stones), D. T. Donovan (soil samples), M. A. C. Hinton and D. P. Dobson‐Hinton (bones).
      • Boon, George C.
        1967a
        A penannular brooch from King’s Weston Roman Villa.
        Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 86.
        195‐196.
      • Boon, George C.
        1967b
        King’s Weston Roman Villa (official guide).
        Bristol
        Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.
        Earlier edition:
        The Roman buildings, King’s Weston Park, Bristol.
        1949.
      • Boon, George C.
        1993
        Kingsweston Villa revisited: the East Wing murder and other burials.
        Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 111.
        77‐83.
      • Burchill, R.
        1995
        Survey and archaeological excavation of King’s Weston Roman villa, Lawrence Weston, Bristol.
        Bristol
        Bristol and Region Archaeological Services.
      • Clevedon Brown, J.
        1958
        The Roman settlement at Lawrence Weston: the alleged road and the 1850 pavement.
        Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 8.2.
        119‐123.
      • Godman, C.
        1972
        King’s Weston Hill, Bristol….
        Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 13.
        41‐48.
      • Parker, A. J.
        1984
        A Roman settlement at Lawrence Weston.
        Bristol and Avon Archaeology 3,
        27‐35.
        A preliminary report. Location: Bristol City Museum, accession number 32/1982.
      • Wessex Archaeology (2006) Katherine Farm, Avonmouth, Bristol: archaeological desk-based assessment. Salisbury: Wessex Arcaeology, online at http://www.kwag.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Katherine-Farm-Avonmouth-Desk-based-Assesment.pdf
        accessed 17 December 2020.
      • Rahtz, Philip A. and J. Clevedon Brown.
        1959
        Blaise Castle Hill, Bristol, 1957.
        Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society 8.3.
        147‐171.
      • Williams, Bruce.
        1988
        Recent archaeological work at Kingsweston House, Bristol (illustrated).
        Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 107.
        228‐232.

        For resistivity and ground-penetrating radar surveys of the grounds of King’s Weston House, see https://www.kwag.org.uk/downloads/published-resources/.

    • Sites in Sea Mills

        • Bennett, Julian.
          1985
          Sea Mills: the Roman town of Abonae. Excavations at Nazareth House 1972.
          Bristol
          City of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery monograph 3.
        • Boon, George C. with notes by J. Baxter, A. Mitchinson and G.R. Stanton.
          1945
          The Roman site at Sea Mills, 1945‐46.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 66.
          258‐295.
        • Boon, George C.
          1949
          A Claudian origin for Sea Mills.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 68.
          184‐188.
        • Constant, Jim.
          1979
          Sea Mills.
          Bristol and Avon Archaeological Research Group
          newsletter? 6.7
          April,
          000‐000
          No copy located.
        • Dobson, Dina P.
          1937
          Excavations, Sea Mills, near Bristol.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 59.
          330‐332.
        • Dobson, D. P. and F. Walker with list of pottery by J. S. Kirkman.
          1939
          Excavations at Sea Mills, near Bristol, 1938.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 61.
          202‐223.
        • Dobson, D. P.
          19
          Sea Mills.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 63.
          250‐251.
        • Ellis, P. J.
          1987
          Sea Mills, Bristol: the 1965‐1968 excavations in the Roman town of Abonae.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 105.
          15‐108.
        • Etheridge, David.
          2005
          No. 75 Sea Mills Lane, Sea Mills Bristol: archaeological desk based assessment on behalf of Mrs. D. Britton.
          Bristol
          Avon Archaeological Unit.
        • Higgins, David H. See below under Russell.
        • Martin, A. T. with a report by E. K. Tratman.
          1923
          Excavations at Sea Mills.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 45.
          193‐201.
        • Nightingale, K. R.
          1954
          Trial excavations at Sea Mills, 1954.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 73.
          70‐72.
        • Reece, Richard.
          1966
          Roman coins from Sea Mills.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 85.
          218‐220.
        • Russell, James.
          2008
          Sea Mills dock, Bristol.
          Journal of the Council for British Archaeology South‐West 21,
          26‐46.
          There is a sound recording with this title in Bristol Central Library, Reference Section. The article provoked further thoughts as follows:

          • Higgins, David H.
            2008
            Aspects of the vocabulary and history of hydraulics in the south‐west: the Roman clyse of the Somerset Levels and the possibility of a Roman tidal lock at Abona, Sea Mills, Bristol.
            Journal of the Council for British Archaeology South‐West 22,
            previously available
            http://www.britarch.ac.uk/cbasw/ and http://www.romaneranames.uk/essays/higgins.pdf
            accessed 14 September 2018.
          • Russell, James.
            2008
            Sea Mills dock, Bristol ‐ a postscript.
            Journal of the Council for British Archaeology South West 22.
            36‐37.
        • Scarth, Rev. H. M.
          1873
          On an inscribed stone found at Sea Mills in 1873, on the east side of the River Avon, two miles below Bristol.
          Pamphlet, available in Bristol Archives at Pamphet/5.

      Note the recent and current work of the Sea Mills Archaeological Research Team (SMART) on the Roman town, currently in suspense whilst a Scheduled Ancient Monument application is underway.

    • Sites in Shirehampton

      • Burchill, Rod.
        1996
        Archaeological watching brief at Portway Upper School, Penpole Lane, Shirehampton, Bristol.
        Bristol
        Bristol and Region Archaeological Services.
        There are other local watching brief reports in this series whose details were accessible through http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/.
      • Glass, Emily.
        2009
        Archaeological watching brief of land at no. 38 Walton Road, Shirehampton, Bristol, for Mr Philip Pinnell.
        Bristol
        Bristol and Region Archaeological Services.
        Report no. 2060/2009 (Bristol Historic Environment Record no. 24645).

      Archaeological reports covering sites within Bristol can now be found annually in
      Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society,

      http://www.bgas.org.uk/publications/transactions.html
      .

  • Early documents and inscriptions

    • Anglo‐Saxon documents

        • Offa, King of Mercia (793 x 796) Land‐grants relating to Stoke, in Westbury‐on‐Trym. Nos 139 and 146 in Peter Sawyer, ed. (1968)
          Anglo‐Saxon charters.
          London
          Royal Historical Society.
          Available in
          The electronic Sawyer,
          http://www.esawyer.org.uk/charter/139.html and
          http://www.esawyer.org.uk/charter/146.html, an online version of the revised edition of
          Anglo‐Saxon charters, section one, prepared under the auspices of the British Academy / Royal Historical Society Joint Committee on Anglo‐Saxon Charters by Susan E. Kelly and adapted for the Web by S. M. Miller. Extracts from
          The electronic Sawyer giving further bibliographical references, etc. (explained fully on the web‐site mentioned), can be seen below.

          S 139
          This item is datable to between A.D. 793 and 796, and was given at Clobeshoas (believed by some to be Brixworth, Northamptonshire). King Offa grants to Æthelmund, his minister 55 hides (cassati) at Westbury‐on‐Trym, Gloucestershire. Latin, with bounds in Old English.
          Archive: Worcester
          It survives in three manuscripts, of which the first is probably the original document.

          • British Library Additional Charters 19790 (8th/9th century)
          • British Library Cotton Tiberius xiii, 52rv (first half of 11th century)
          • British Library Cotton Vitellius C. ix, 130v (17th century; incomplete)
          It has been printed in various places listed in Sawyer.
          S 146
          This item is datable to between A.D. 793 and 796. King Offa grants to (the church at) Worcester the reversion of 60 hides (manentes) at Westbury‐on‐Trym and 10 (or 20) at Henbury, Gloucestershire, after the death of himself and his son Ecgfrith. Latin, with bounds in Old English.
          Archive: Worcester
          It survives in three copies, and is generally believed to be copied from an authentic document.

          MSS:

          • Lost original
          • British Library Cotton Nero E. i, part 2, 181v (11th century)
          • British Library Cotton Tiberius A. xiii, 48r‐49r (first half of 11th century)
          • British Library Cotton Vitellius C. ix, 130v (seventeenth‐century copy, incomplete; taken directly or indirectly from the lost original)

          It has been printed in various places listed in Sawyer and translated in Dorothy Whitelock,
          English historical documents,
          vol. I.
          two editions), no. 78 (.
          Oxford
          Oxford University Press (.
          507‐508).

      The importance of these documents is that they refer to Stoke, which includes two pieces of land identifiable as the later tithings of Stoke Bishop and Shirehampton.

      • Their boundaries are given in Old English in the documents, and they are discussed in all the following works:
        • Everett, S.
          1961
          A reinterpretation of the Anglo‐Saxon survey of Stoke Bishop.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 80.
          175‐178.
        • Grundy, G. B.
          1935‐6
          Charters and field names of Gloucestershire.
          Bristol
          Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.
        • Higgins, David H.
          2002
          The Anglo‐Saxon charters of Stoke Bishop: a study of the boundaries of Bisceopes stoc.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 120.
          107‐131.
        • Higgins, David H.
          2004
          The Roman town of Abona and the Anglo‐Saxon charters of Stoke Bishop of AD 969 and 984.
          Bristol and Avon Archaeology 19.
          75‐86.
        • Higgins, David H.
          undated
          Abona (Sea Mills) and Abona (Leigh Court): the evidence of Anglo‐Saxon charters and aerial photography. Sound recording.
          Available through Libraries West, see
          https://www.librarieswest.org.uk/client/en_GB/default

          accessed 17 September 2018.
        • Lindley, E. S.
          1959
          The Anglo‐Saxon charters of Stoke Bishop.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 77.
          96‐109.
        • Moore, John S.
          1987
          The Gloucestershire section of Domesday Book: geographical problems of the text, part 1.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 105,
          109‐32 esp. 119‐120
          dealing with former opinions on whether Chire in Domesday book is Shirehampton ‐ it is not ‐ and crediting A. S. Ellis with the correct solution.
        • Taylor, Charles S.
          1900
          The church and monastery of Westbury‐on‐Trym.
          Proceedings of the Clifton Antiquarian Club 4,
          20‐.
          Includes material on the Shirehampton charters.
        • Taylor, Charles S.
          1910
          The parochial boundaries of Bristol.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 33,
          126‐139 esp. 126‐130.
        • Taylor, Charles S.
          1913
          Note on the entry in Domesday Book relating to Westbury on Severn.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 36,
          182‐190.
          Clarifies the fact that Chire in Domesday Book does not refer to Shirehampton, as Sir Robert Atkyns (1712) had supposed.

    • Parish registers, inclosure awards, tithe awards, ancient documents in archives, etc.

      published and unpublished, covering at least part of the area

      • Published
        • Wilkins, H. J.
          1909
          The disagreement between the Dean and Chapter of Westbury and the Vicar of Henbury, with terms of settlement in A.D. 1463 by the Right Reverend John Carpenter, D.D. … also notes on the earliest efforts to found a bishopric for Bristol.
          Bristol
          J. W. Arrowsmith.
        • Wilkins, H. J.
          1909
          The letters patent of King Henry VIII granting Westbury‐on‐Trym Collegiate Church and College, etc., together with all their Endowments to Sir Ralph Sadleir.
          Bristol
          J. W. Arrowsmith.
        • Wilkins, H. J.
          1909
          The letters patent of King Edward VI granting Henbury Manor and Church, Stoke Bishop, Sneyd Park, Pen Park, Olveston, etc., to Sir Ralph Sadleir.
          Bristol
          J. W. Arrowsmith.
        • Wilkins, H. J.
          1909
          Copy of the deed of the sale of the next presentation but one to Henbury Vicarage.
          Bristol
          J.W. Arrowsmith.
        • Wilkins, H. J.
          1910
          Transcription of the Poor Book of the tithings of Westbury‐on‐Trym, Stoke Bishop and Shirehampton from A.D. 1656‐1698: with introduction and notes.
          Bristol
          J. W. Arrowsmith.
        • Wilkins, H. J.
          1920
          Perambulation of the boundaries of the ancient parish of Westbury‐on‐Trym in May, 1803 A.D. With notes; also an enquiry concerning two Bristol place names ‐ Whiteladies Road and Durdham Down.
          Bristol
          J. W. Arrowsmith With folding map.
      • Unpublished

        This bibliography does not systematically include information about documents in archives, like parish registers, census returns, school records or deeds deposited with solicitors, though a few important ones are mentioned. There is a very useful online guide to where to find such local documents at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/media/1519484/a-guide-to-archive-sources-for-the-history-of-south-gloucestershire-5th-ed-2018-02-28.pdf
        accessed 19 September 2018,
        search on Avonmouth, Henbury (for Sea Mills, King’s Weston and Lawrence Weston) and Shirehampton.

        Local documents in the Bristol Archives may be traced through
        http://archives.bristol.gov.uk/
        ; search the online catalogue for Avonmouth, Kingsweston/Kings Weston, Lawrence Weston (also under Laurence Weston), Sea Mills, Shirehampton.

        Important sets of family papers are included in the Ashton Court papers of the Smyth family (AC/) including the Woolnough family (AC/WO/), Joseph Langley’s papers (11054/), and the Miles family papers (12151/).

        Shirehampton registers of marriages and burials exist from 1727, and baptisms from 1730; 1727 is the date of the building of the new chapel. In Bristol Archives (P.St MS/R/). Other parish papers, from 1681‐1984, may also be found at P.St MS/. The new parish was created in 1844 out of Westbury‐on‐Trym, before which it had been a chapel‐of‐ease of Westbury. Transcripts of Westbury‐on‐Trym parish registers including Shirehampton before that date (1559 onwards) can be found at Bristol Archives P.HTW.

        • Shirehampton tithe map.
          1841
          Bristol Archives EP/A/32/34 and Bristol Archives (Sturge) 37959/39
          Unpublished; but there is a copy/interpretation of the tithe map by
          H. A. Lane.
          1979 on the endpapers of
          Ethel Thomas
          The continuing story of Shirehampton.
        • Shirehampton Church‐Yard Book (1869, with new entries thereafter),
          Bristol Archives,
          P.St MS/I/6/1
          .
          Contains references to an associated graveyard map, formerly in St Mary’s vestry and reproduced in both the Bristol and Avon Family History Society’s and Shirehampton Local History Group’s indexes.
        • Shirehampton census records for 1851 are at Gloucestershire Archives MF303.
    • Place‐names

      • Coates, Richard.
        2008a
        Correction to
        The place‐names of Gloucestershire. Journal of the English Place‐Name Society.
        40.
        129‐130.
        About the entry for Shirehampton in that book, wrongly assigned to Henbury parish.
      • Coates, Richard.
        2008b
        The name of Shirehampton.
        On the Shire web‐site,
        http://www.shire.org.uk/
        Also short articles on individual local names in
        Shire from
        February 2008 onwards, and also later
        http://www.shire.org.uk/.
      • Coates, Richard.
        2011
        The street‐names of Shirehampton and Avonmouth.
        On the Shire web‐site,
        http://www.shire.org.uk/.
      • Coates, Richard.
        2012
        The farm‐ and field‐names of old Shirehampton.
        On the Shire web‐site.

        http://www.shire.org.uk/
        .
      • Coates, Richard.
        2015
        House‐names.
        On the Shire web‐site.

        http://www.shire.org.uk/
        .
      • Coates, Richard.
        2016
        A lost place‐name: Godringhill in Henbury.
        Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 134.
        251‐255.
        The place was probably in Lawrence Weston.
      • Coates, Richard.
        2015; appeared 2018
        Naming Shirehampton and the name Shirehampton.
        Onoma: journal of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences 50,
        5‐43,
        online also at https://onomajournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Onoma-50-01.-Coates-final-25.08.2019.pdf.
      • Coates, Richard.
        2019
        Places, names and history in north‐west Bristol.
        Bristol
        Bristol Centre for Linguistics, University of the West of England.
        Contains revised and fully updated versions of the 2011, 2012 and 2015 items above, plus the essay
        The farms of the King’s Weston estate,
        the earliest version of which (2018) is available on the web‐site of the King’s Weston Action Group.
      • Harris, H. C. W.
        1969
        Housing nomenclature in Bristol.
        Bristol
        Bristol City Council.
        Harris’s preparatory notebook is available in Bristol Archives, record no. 40702.
      • Harris, H. C. W.
        1971
        Origin of district and street names in Bristol Typescript, Bristol Central Reference Library and Bristol Record Office.
      • Macey, Mary.
        2009
        Local people in street names.
        Shire
        April 2009,
        now

        http://www.shire.org.uk
        .
      • Smith, A. Hugh.
        1964
        The place‐names of Gloucestershire, part 3.
        Cambridge
        Cambridge University Press.
        (Survey of English Place‐Names 40).
        The standard reference work for this area.
      • Smith, Veronica.
        2001
        The street names of Bristol: their origins and meanings.
        Bristol
        Broadcast Books.
        Second edition 2002. Very unreliable on older names.
      • Wilkins, H. J.
        1920
        Perambulation of the boundaries of the ancient parish of Westbury‐on‐Trym in May, 1803 A.D. With notes; also an enquiry concerning two Bristol place names ‐ Whiteladies Road and Durdham Down.
        Bristol
        J. W. Arrowsmith With folding map.
        24.

    • Surname Shirehampton

      • Coates, Richard.
        2017
        The 99‐year surname and God, by proxy.
        Journal of the Guild of One‐Name Studies.
        12.12.
        October‐December.
        11‐12.

BUILDINGS


    • Churches

      Note: the words in some of the entries are quoted direct from local materials, and are not written by the present compiler.

      • Avonmouth

        • St Andrew’s (C. of E.)
          • anonymous.
            ?1993
            The parish church of St Andrew Avonmouth in the Diocese of Bristol (1893‐1993) ‐ a short guide and history.
            Copy in Bristol Archives, 45547/5.
        • St Brendan’s (Roman Catholic)
        • Other churches in Avonmouth: Congregational; Methodist; Evangelical.

          No separate written accounts have been found of any of them so far.

      • King’s Weston and Lawrence Weston

        • anonymous.
          1950
          Church House is in Chapel Lane: mystery of history at Lawrence Weston.
          Western Daily Press
          16 June.

          See report of this article in
          Helme
          2003
          30
          .

        • archidave.
          2007
          Christ the King church, Lawrence Weston, Bristol.
          Contains reminiscences and technical description.
          https://www.flickr.com/photos/archidave/414463026
          This was the precursor of the present St Peter’s church.
        • Thompson, A. Hamilton.
          1915
          Notes on the ecclesiastical history of the parish of Henbury.
          Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 38.
          99‐186.
          Includes Lawrence Weston and King’s Weston.
        • Churches in Lawrence Weston

          Other churches in Lawrence Weston:
          Methodist; Church of Christ the King with St Peter (1950; from 1961 St Peter; The Jelly Mould);
          Our Lady of the Rosary (Roman Catholic);
          Baptist;
          Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses;
          Bethesda Chapel (now Lawrence Weston Christian Fellowship (Pentecostal));
          note also Friends’ Quakers’ Burial Ground.
          No separate written accounts have been found of any of them so far.

      • Sea Mills

        • St Edyth’s (Church of England)
          • anonymous.
            1978
            Inside story 1928‐1978.
            Bristol
            St Edyth’s.
            Copy in Bristol Central Lending Library.
        • Methodist
          • anonymous.
            1981
            Sea Mills Methodist Church 1931‐1981: 50 years a community church in Sea Mills.
            Copy in Bristol Central Lending Library.
        • Highgrove (Woodlands Group of Churches)
      • Shirehampton

        • St Mary’s (Church of England)

          Shirehampton was a chapelry of Westbury‐on‐Trym till 1844, when it became a separate parish. The building shown in Shire 543, April 2017, was built in 1827, replacing a previous building probably in existence since at least 1510. The church was destroyed by fire in 1928. Avonmouth became a separate parish from Shirehampton in 1917.

          Ralph Bigland, the 18th‐century historian, described the chapel of his day as a small chapel consisting of a Nave, and Chancel and a Wooden turrett at the West‐end, therein one Bell.

          • Coates, Richard.
            2018
            A context for the founding of the chapel of ease at Shirehampton.
            Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 136.
            306‐309.
          • Draper, Philip M. Church Crawler.
            2002
            St Mary, Shirehampton, Bristol.
            http://www.churchcrawler.co.uk/shiremar.htm
            accessed 27 August 2018.
            The churchcrawler web‐site contains descriptions of many other local churches.
          • Hack, Ralph A.
            2005
            The rededication of St Mary’s church, Shirehampton.
            Shire
            399, April
            http://www.shire.org.uk.
            Includes a full summary history of the church.
          • Jones, Percy Thoresby.
            1939
            The parish church of St Mary Shirehampton.
            Gloucester
            British Publishing Co. Ltd.
          • Wheeler, Anthony W.
            1968
            The story of St Mary’s Church, Shirehampton.
            Gloucester
            British Publishing Co. Ltd.
        • Shirehampton Baptist church
          • Walliker, Marjorie.
            1990
            Shirehampton Baptist church, 1890‐1990: our history.
            Privately published.
          • Walliker, Marjorie.
            2002
            The history of Shirehampton Baptist church.
            Shire
            November
            http://www.shire.org.uk.
        • St Bernard’s Roman Catholic church
          • anonymous.
            1992
            St Bernards Roman Catholic Church 1902‐1992.
            Bristol
            St Bernards.
            Copy in Bristol Central Library.
        • Other Shirehampton churches


  • Other buildings including private houses

    • King’s Weston

    • Sea Mills

      The main material on Sea Mills is hard to find, but copies can be found in Bristol Central Library, reference section, except where noted.

      • General
        • Berridge, Antony Keyworth.
          2009
          Old Sea Mills 1940/50.
          Bristol
          (Auto‐)biographical pamphlet. Available in Bristol Central Lending Library.
      • Harbour, 18th‐century, and the river Trym
        • Harris, Peter.
          1985
          A short account of Sea Mills harbour, Bristol.
          Bristol
          the author.
          Available in Bristol Central lending Library.
        • Harris, Peter.
          1995
          The Lower Trym valley: an outline history of the river Trym and the valley from the junction of the Hen and the Trym to the harbour at Sea Mills.
          Bristol
          the author
          Available in Bristol Central lending Library.

        For the Roman harbour, see above under Archaeological excavation reports: Sea Mills.

      • Historic garden
        • Russell, James.
          undated
          Mixing business with pleasure. An 18th‐century garden layout at Sea Mills.
          Bristol
          Untraced
      • Public housing and conservation area
        • Bristol City Council.
          2011
          Conservation Area 21, Sea Mills: character appraisal and management proposals.
          https://www.bristol.gov.uk/documents/20182/33832/sea-mills-character-appraisal.pdf/0278d384-f6b8-4dc2-b4e0-e5048c5731f3
          accessed frequently.
        • Jevons, Rosamund and John Madge.
          1946
          Housing estates: a study of Bristol Corporation policy and practice between the wars.
          Bristol
          University of Bristol.
        • Miller, Mervyn.
          2007
          Sea Mills garden suburb in context
          Untraced.
        • Roberts, John for Save Sea Mills Garden Suburb.
          2007.
          The definition and characteristics of a post‐WW1 garden suburb, with particular reference to Sea Mills garden suburb.
          Bristol
          Save Sea Mills Garden Suburb.
        • Wallis, Tim R.
          2004
          Sea Mills and the battle of the styles: stylistic variety in the architecture of an inter‐war garden suburb and its origins in Victorian revivalism.
          Unpublished and untraced.
        • Wallis, Tim R.
          2006
          Conserving Sea Mills garden suburb. Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle Community Project.
          Unpublished and untraced.

        For Roman buildings: see Archaeological reports, above.

    • Shirehampton

      • General
        • Helme, Judy.
          2012‐17
          Historical notes accompanying drawings, mainly of local buildings, made in the 1980s by Betty Marten, featured in
          Shire newspaper
          e.g. 2012‐13, 2016‐17.
      • The Tithe Barn
        • Hack, Ralph A.
          2012
          History of the Tithe Barn and tithing.
          Shire
          July
          http://www.shire.org.uk
          accessed 22 November 2018.
      • Malletts Court
        • Cooper, Susan Margaret.
          2017
          Thomas Alcock: a biographical account.
          Privately published.
          Part 5 is about Malletts Court, assumed to be the Elizabethan House, High Street, but Malletts Court is more likely to be The Priory in what is now Priory Gardens.
      • The George Inn
        • Hack, Ralph A.
          1999, 2000
          History of the George Inn
          2 parts.
          Shire
          December and February respectively
          http://www.shire.org.uk.
      • Lamplighter’s Hall
        now The Lamplighters pub.
      • The Powder House
        • Coates, Richard.
          2016
          The Shirehampton Powder House: exploding some myths.
          The Regional Historian: journal of The Regional History Centre, UWE Bristol 30,
          10‐15.
      • Penlea
        • Hack, Ralph A.
          1980
          Penlea: a little history of an old house.
          Shire
          January.
      • Public Hall, Shirehampton
        • Hack, Ralph A.
          1998
          The building of Shirehampton Public Hall.
          Shire
          April.
          This material, relevant to the book in the following entry, appears
          http://www.shirepubhall.org.uk/

          accessed 18 September 2018.
        • Helme, Judy.
          2005
          Shirehampton Public Hall, 1904‐2004: serving the community for one hundred years.
          Bristol
          Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association.
        • Pollard, Kate.
          2003
          Bligh Bond,
          a ‘colourful’ Bristol architect.
          Evening Post
          02/12/2003.
          Also
          http://www.shire.org.uk
          accessed 18 September 2018.
          Architect of the Public Hall and other buildings in Shirehampton.
        • Smith, Gillian.
          2010
          Historic building investigation and recording on Shirehampton Public Hall and Library.
          MA thesis,
          University of Bristol
          Available through the city libraries.
      • Shirehampton Remount Camp (World War I)

        This covered a wide area between Penpole Ridge and the railway line.

        • Davies, Michael.
          2007
          The Remount Section ‐ a further footnote.
          Shire
          January.
          The history of this camp involves Percy Toplis, whose story is told in William Allison and John Fairley
          1978
          The monocled mutineer.
          London
          Quartet.
        • Hack, Ralph A.
          2006
          The Great War, Remount Camp, 1914‐1918.
          Shire
          November.
          http://www.shire.org.uk (scroll down)
          Other notes on the subject follow this item in subsequent issues of Shire.
      • Penpole Camp
        • Byrne, Eugene.
          2011
          Stolen Paradise: civilian squatters in military camps in and around postwar Bristol.
          The Regional Historian: journal of The Regional History Centre, UWE Bristol 23.
          31‐36.
          Including extracts from an interview with Tom Kirk.
          Includes the WW2‐era Penpole Camp.

      • Council and other public housing
        • Butcher, E. E, Ed.
          1932
          Bristol Corporation of the Poor, 1696‐1834.
          BristolF
          Bristol Record Society.
          publication 3.
          Of interest because the almshouse St Peter’s Hospital, formerly in the centre of Bristol, held land in Shirehampton in the 18th century, and its boundary stone can still be seen in Crabtree Slip Wood when the brambles have been cleared.
        • Clarke, Albert H., S.J.Tucker, C. Bryant and Son Ltd (formerly John Knox – Bristol – Ltd), L. W. Francis and William Cowlin and Son Ltd
          1963
          Flats and old people’s dwellings at Shirehampton, Bristol.
          Official Architecture and Planning
          vol. 26, no. 10.
          October,
          978-982.

          http://www.jstor.org/stable/44151287

          accessed 21 December 2020.
          Deals with the buildings at The Ridge.
        • Hunt, Stephen J.
          2009
          Yesterday’s tomorrow: Bristol’s Garden Suburbs.
          Bristol
          Bristol Radical History Group.
          pamphlet 8.
          Contains material on Shirehampton housing before 1914.
        • Malpass, Peter and Jennie Walmsley.
          2005
          100 years of council housing in Bristol.
          Bristol
          University of the West of England, Faculty of the Built Environment Technical Report.
        • Skilleter, Keith J.
          about 2000
          Bristol’s garden suburbs: a history of housing reform, town planning and the Corporation’s ‘cottage estates’ 1890‐1939,
          2 volumes.
          Unpublished; available at Bristol Archive 45752/1. Covers Shirehampton and Sea Mills.
        • Sturge, Elizabeth and Frederick A. S. Goodbody.
          1909
          A garden suburb for Bristol.
          Letchworth
          Letchworth Garden City Press.
          Promotional pamphlet for proposed development in Shirehampton.
      • Other private houses
        • Cemlyn, David and Maureen Waters.
          2012
          Elizabethan Cottage, Shirehampton. High Street, Shirehampton.
          Unpublished report on the history and architecture of the building.
        • Coates, Richard.
          2018
          Giant Strides.
          eShire
          http://www.shire.org.uk
          On the Stride family of local builders.
      • Schools:
        • Pollard, Kate.
          2004
          Shirehampton Snooker Club: the past and present building = the former National School.
          Shire
          November
          http://www.shire.org.uk
          Derived from works of Ethel Thomas and from stated local documents.
        • Price, Steve.
          1988
          Shirehampton National Day and Junior Mixed School 1863‐1988.
          Privately published.
          Cover title: One hundred and twenty five years of Shire schools. 4 copies in Bristol Central Library. Based on Shirehampton National School logbook, whose whereabouts are uncertain.

        Other schools: Shirehampton Primary, Avon Primary, Portway Community College.

      • Swimming baths, Shirehampton
  • Other objects

    • Bewys Cross and the Anthony Post

      • Bewys Cross.
        2007
        Wikipedia.
      • Coates, Richard.
        2014
        Two Bristol crosses: Bewell’s Cross, St Michael on the Mount Without parish, and Bewys Cross, Kingsweston.
        Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 132.
        217‐228.
      • Hanks, Nick.
        2007
        Bewys Cross, the Bevis Stone and Sir Bevis of Hampton: an exploration of possible connections.
        Bristol and Avon Archaeology 21.
        87‐90.
      • Hunt, J. M.
        1990
        Notes on the old stone crosses of the county of Avon.
        Avon Past 15.
        21‐30
        Bewys Cross is described on pp. 24‐26 and pictured on the front cover.
      • Wood, James G.
        1903, published 1905
        The ‘Anthony Post’ at Avonmouth.
        Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club
        Herefordshire,
        196‐197.
    • Holy wells

      • Braidwood, P. Murray.
        1894
        The holy well at Shirehampton.
        British Medical Journal.
        2.1751.
        21 July 1894
        159;
        followed up by
        Holtom, Charles.
        British Medical Journal.
        2.1752.
        28 July 1894
        229.
    • Other places

      • Belding, Mrs M. P.
        1976
        Letter about wells in Shirehampton.
        Shire
        November
        6.
      • Coleman, Ruth for
        SCAF and Shire Greens
        no date, after 2012).
        Welcome to Lamplighter’s Marsh
        leaflet.
  • Engineering reports

      • Murray, R. T.
        1971
        Embankments constructed on soft foundations: settlement study at Avonmouth.
        Road Research Laboratory report.

    A mention has been found of the following article, but no author is given and the journal title is wrong:

    • anonymous.
      A tidal power project at Avonmouth.
      Energelicheskoc Obozvenie 7.
      1934;
      this appears to be a Russian journal correctly titled
      Energetičeskoe obozrenie (‘ Review of Energy ’)
      but the item is still untraced; and the project apparently never happened.

FARMING, INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND TRANSPORT

  • Farming and land management

    • Hewlett, Rose.
      2020
      The Gloucestershire Court of Sewers 1583-16.
      Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, Gloucestershire Record Series 35.
      Covers drainage management and seawall maintenance in the Lower Marsh between Shirehampton and Aust.
    • Steer, Mary Jane.
      2018
      Continuity and change in agricultural practices on Severnside.
      The Regional Historian, UWE Bristol.
      new series 1.
      66‐70.
  • Industries

    • Mustard gas factory and His Majesty’s Filling Station no. 23

    • Imperial Chemical Industries (Avlon Works), and its successors including AstraZeneca (1960‐?2008)

      • Davidson, J.
        1964
        The initial development of ICI Severnside Works.
        Chemistry and Industry.
        28 November.
        1968‐1977.
    • Imperial Smelting Corporation, its predecessors and successors (1920‐2003)

      • Bingham, Roger.
        2012
        The rise and fall of ACS Chemicals at Avonmouth: the impact of the Montreal Protocol on CFCs.
        The Regional Historian 25 (summer).
        32‐37.
        Includes a potted business history of Imperial Smelting Corporation, its predecessors and successors.
      • Green, John.
        2009
        Bristol and the zinc industry.
        Newsletter of the Retired Professional Engineers Club, Bristol (March),
        http://www.rpec.co.uk/news12.html
        accessed July 2009.
      • Harvey, Charles E. and Jon Press.
        1988
        Downstream innovation ‐ chemical and zinc production at Avonmouth.
        Section 13 of the chapter Industrial change and the economic life of Bristol since 1800. In C. E. Harvey and J. Press, eds.,
        Studies in the business history of Bristol.
        Bristol:
        Bristol Academic Press.
        1‐32.

        Reproduced on Peter Wardley, ed.
        1997
        Bristol historical resource.
        CD.
        Bristol
        University of the West of England.
        http://humanities.uwe.ac.uk/bhr/Main/industry/13_industry.htm
        accessed 11 July 2018.

      • The following publications were apparently in‐house journals at ISC (exact dates not known):

        • Avonmouth Smelters’ Digest
          1953‐9
          6 issues in BRO at 392/
          1‐6.
        • Avonmouth Works Digest.
          1960‐70,
          some loose copies in BRO at 392/
          7‐14.
        • Discus, journal of Imperial Smelting Corporation Ltd.
          1952‐8
          in BRO at Pamphlets/305A‐F.
        • Elements: the in‐house journal of ISC Avonmouth.
          1989‐90>>??.
        • Elements, for Rhodia Chemicals people at Avonmouth.
          ??<<1998>>??.

        If anyone knows where full runs of these can be located, please tell the compiler at richardc.yb@gmail.com.

    • Millers

  • Reports concerning local industrial sites

  • Transport by river, rail and road

    The histories of the docks and the railways cannot sensibly be separated from each other.

    • Appleby H. N.
      1925
      Port of Bristol Authority, Official handbook.
      Bristol
      Port of Bristol Authority.
      Various later editions including 1930, 1952 and 1984, some published
      London
      F. G. Warne.
    • Bristol Port Company.
      undated
      Our history.
      https://www.bristolport.co.uk/about-us/our-history.
      Includes Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks
      accessed 18 September 2018.
    • Coates, Richard.
      2016
      The Avonmouth Light Railway.
      Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 134.
      231‐250.
    • Coates, Richard.
      2018
      The Pill ferry.
      http://www.shire.org.uk.
    • Coombes, Nigel.
      1995
      White Funnel magic.
      Truro
      Twelveheads.
      Account of a line sailing from Avonmouth.
    • Cross, David.
      (2015)
      Banana traffic from Avonmouth.
      Great Western Railway Journal
      12 no. 94
      Spring 2015,
      319-328.
      With pictures and references to letters in later issues.
    • Crump, G. H. G., and P. H. Howlett.
      1936
      Locomotives of the Port of Bristol Authority, Avonmouth.
      Locomotive Magazine 42.
      285-286,
      summarized

      The Locomotive Magazine and Railway Carriage and Wagon Review
      Volume
      (1936)
      (steamindex.com)

      accessed 17 December 2020.
    • Gunn, George.
      1997
      White Funnel memories.
      Llandysul
      Gomer.
      Account of a line sailing from Avonmouth.
    • McCutcheon, Campbell.
      2006
      Elders and Fyffes.
      Stroud
      Tempus Publishing.
      History of the line specializing in banana importing through Avonmouth.
    • Maggs, Colin.
      1975
      The Bristol Port Railway & Pier and the Clifton Extension Railway
      Tarrant Hinton, Dorset:
      Oakwood Press.
    • Mitchell, Vic and Keith Smith.
      2004
      Branch lines around Avonmouth: Hotwells, Severn Beach and via Henbury.
      Midhurst
      Middleton Press.
    • Momber, Colin.
      date uncertain
      Bristol seaport: one thousand years of history.
      DVD.
      Yate
      1st Take Productions.
    • Momber, Colin (2019) Ships in the Port of Bristol. Preston: Ships in Focus Publications.
    • Motorway Archive Trust.
      undated
      Avonmouth bridge, J18 to J19 of the M5.
      Section in Region: South West: The Twyning Green (J8) to Edithmead (J22) section of M5
      ,
      http://mat.pixl8-hosting.co.uk/en/motorways/motorway-listing/m5/m5-the-twyning-green-j8-to-edithmead-j22/avonmouth-bridge.cfm
      accessed 18 September 2018.
    • Napier, Liz.
      2018
      The Lower Severn Vale: trade and exploration in Tudor times.
      The Regional Historian,
      new series 1.
      76‐82.
    • Neale, W. G.
      1968
      At the Port of Bristol.
      Bristol
      Port of Bristol Authority.

      2 vols:
      vol. 1.
      Members and problems, 1848‐1899;
      vol. 2.
      The turn of the tide, 1900‐1914.
    • Neale, W. G.
      1976
      The tides of war and the Port of Bristol, 1914‐1918.
      Bristol
      Port of Bristol Authority.
      In effect = vol. 3 of the previous item.
    • Parsons, Richard M.
      1982
      The white ships: the banana trade at the port of Bristol.
      Bristol
      Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
      Bananas came into Avonmouth from 1901.
    • Port of Bristol Authority.
      1950‐1973
      Six promotional films, now available on two DVDs as
      Ship shape and Bristol fashion
      Yate
      1st Take Productions, in association with Bristol Record Office.
    • Port of Bristol.
      1977
      Avonmouth Dock Centenary 1877‐1977
      Bristol
      Port of Bristol.
    • Rendall, P. D.
      2018
      The Avonmouth line: history and working.
      Ramsbury
      The Crowood Press Ltd.
      Available as e‐book.
    • Thomas, Ethel.
      1977
      Avonmouth’s first dock century 1877‐1977.
      Illustrated Bristol and Bath News 26,
      no. 206.
      February.
      Available in Bristol Archives.
    • Thomas, Ethel.
      1982
      Yes, we do have some again.
      About the return of bananas to Avonmouth docks after an absence of 14 years.
      Bristol and West Country Illustrated 7, no. 63
      August.
      Available in Bristol Archives.
    • Thomas, Ethel.
      1983
      Photographs and information about the ships Royal George and Royal Edward.
      Bristol and West Country Illustrated.
      Volume unknown., no. 72
      May.
      Available in Bristol Archives.
    • Vincent, Mike.
      1979
      Lines to Avonmouth.
      Oxford
      Oxford Publishing Co.
    • Warburton, Mark B. (1972) Serving the Port of Bristol. Railway Magazine 856 (August).
    • Wells, Charles.
      1909
      A short history of the Port of Bristol.
      Bristol
      J. W. Arrowsmith and
      London:
      Simpkin, Marshall.

    The Pill ferry also features in the children’s books about Tabitha Miggins the cat, by Philippa Perry (Bristol Folk Publications, 2013).

CHARITIES

Avon University Settlement (Community Association):

University Settlement Bristol, Twyford House, The Evergreens, Shire Advice Service

  • anonymous.
    2018
    Local charity becomes a centenarian.
    Shire
    July
    http://www.shire.org.uk.
  • Jennings, Hilda.
    undated; ?1959
    The University Settlement and its pioneer work in Bristol and Shirehampton.
    Bristol
    University Settlement Bristol
    esp. 3‐4.
    Copy available in Bristol Archives, Pamphlet/1637a.
  • Jennings, Hilda.
    1961/2
    University Settlement Bristol 1911‐1961, fifty years of change.
    Bristol
    University Settlement Bristol,
    esp.
    22, 32‐34, 45‐46, 48‐49.
    Copy available in Bristol Archives, Pamphlet/1637b.
    Also: (1971) … 1911‐1971, sixty years of change.
    Bristol
    University Settlement Bristol Community Association,
    esp.
    18‐19, 26‐27, 32, 35‐36, 38‐39
    Copy available in Bristol Archives, 35510/Ass/6/3/1.

The original Shirehampton University Settlement hut was in Groveleaze; it later operated from Barrow Green farmhouse and Twyford House.
See also Rotha Mary Clay in the People: Historical personalities section
The organization’s archives are occasionally available to the public on open days (see for example
Shire
September 2018
http://www.shire.org.uk)
A scrapbook of the Settlement is in the possession of the Avon (University Settlement) Trustees.

SPORT

  • Avonmouth Old Boys Rugby Club

  • PBA Bowls Club


  • Sea Mills and Lawrence Weston Chess Club (previously Twyford House Chess Club, then Sea Mills Chess Club)

  • Shirehampton Cricket Club

    • Joslin, E. G., W. Elborne and others.
      1983
      Shirehampton Cricket Club 1858‐1983: 125th anniversary.

      Bristol
      Shirehampton Cricket Club.

      Available at Bristol Archives, Pamphlet/2041.
      Also available through the branch library system. With introductory historical essay by Ralph Hack.
  • Shirehampton Football Club

    • No history is available. The club’s first XI won the Somerset Premier League in 2000, 2011 and 2015.
  • Shirehampton Park Golf Club

    • White, Eric F.
      2004
      Golf in the Little Park: a history of Shirehampton Park Golf Club 1904‐2004.
      Bristol
      Arrowsmith.
  • Twyford House Cricket Club

    • Hazzard, Ray and others.
      1997
      Twyford House Cricket Club: the first fifty years.
      Bristol
      Twyford House Cricket Club

ECOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY

  • Climatic reports

    • unknown author.
      1984
      Frequency of wind direction and speed at Avonmouth (Climatological note).
      London
      Meteorological Office.
      Further details not known.
  • Natural history

    • Local nature reserves

    • Botany: the rare plants of the Shirehampton area

      • Lovatt, Clive.
        There are 40 short articles by Clive Lovatt on the botany of the Shirehampton area in
        Shire from 2014 to 2018,

        www.shire.org.uk
        , reference section,

        which can be found by searching on the author’s surname
        They are especially interesting on rare plants.
      • Pring, Margaret E.
        1961
        Arabis stricta Huds.
        Journal of Ecology 49.2.
        431‐437

        Some rare whitebeams, Sorbus domestica True Service Tree, Sorbus anglica and Sorbus eminens (an unusually round‐leaved variety) are found locally, and are referred to in Wikipedia for Shirehampton and Horseshoe Bend.

  • Other wildlife

    • Harris, Stephen.
      1984
      Ecology of urban badgers Meles meles: distribution in Britain and habitat selection, persecution, food and damage in the city of Bristol.
      Biological Conservation 28.4.
      349‐375.
    • Page, R. J. C., J. Ross and D. H. Bennet.
      1992
      A study of the home ranges, movements and behaviour of the feral cat population at Avonmouth Docks.
      Wildlife Research.
      19.3.
      263‐277.
      Also reported in
      1993
      Revue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics).
      12.1.
      23‐26.
      This will be hard to find, so the authors’ abstract is reproduced here:

      [Abstract] The feral cat population at a 178‐hectare dockland site was studied for 18 months by direct observation assisted by radio‐tracking. Although food appeared to be abundant and widely distributed, the population density was low (10‐15 adults km‐2). There were few females in the population (7 of 22 cats of known sex) and little breeding success: only one weaned litter was seen during the entire study. Home range sizes were similar for males and females, and were much smaller (15 +/‐ 17 ha and 10+/‐7 ha, respectively) than would be expected from the low density. The cats were mostly solitary rather than group‐living, with little contact or social interaction. The implications of the findings for feral cat control are discussed, with particular emphasis on emergency measures for rabies outbreaks.

OTHER CATEGORIES

  • Institutions

    • Bullen, Mark.
      1994
      Curiosities of the Customs in South West England.
      Privately published.
      Regional history of HM Customs & Excise from about 1500‐1900 and in particular of the custom houses (their premises, furnishings, historical collections of equipment and administrative records) at places including Avonmouth.
  • Public health

    • Davies, D. S.
      1907
      Diphtheria and small‐pox: an epidemiological contrast
      Public Health 19,
      349‐352.
    • Heaven, John C.
      1902‐3.
      Diphtheria as a disease of person, not of place: Being a consideration of latent forms and Carrier cases, studied during epidemic prevalence of the disease in Bristol and the neighbourhood.
      Public Health 15,
      516‐530.
      Compares the incidence of the disease in the 1901 outbreak in Avonmouth and Shirehampton.
  • Local works of art (physical)

    • Base, Irene.
      1950s?
      The Shirehampton missal.
      Unique hand‐crafted communion service book, kept at St Mary’s church.
    • Base, Irene.
      1982
      Memorial book.
      Unique hand‐crafted book, unfinished at the artist’s death in 1982; kept at St Mary’s church.
      There is also a work called Shirehampton Book of Remembrance, compiled by Steve Fell, which can be viewed
      https://shirehamptonbookofremembrance.webs.com/.
      See Shire November 2006.
    • Downes, K.
      1967.
      The King’s Weston book of drawings.
      Architectural History 10,
      7-88.
      The original book is in Bristol Archives, reference number 33746.

    A number of nationally and locally well‐known artists etched, sketched and painted in the King’s Weston and Shirehampton area, including notably Francis Danby, Robert Goff, Samuel Jackson, Samuel Loxton, Alfred Nixon Moores, Nicholas Pocock, Annie Foster K. Shapley, John Warwick Smith, Philip Wilson Steer and John Syer. Frank Holl did a portrait of Rachel Harvey, aunt of an early‐20thC vicar. Some of their work is in Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and many reproductions can be found online.

    In Shirehampton itself, Betty Marten (1980s) has done numerous paintings and pen and ink sketches, especially of buildings, and her work has been regularly featured in Shire newspaper (e.g. 2012‐13, 2016‐17) with historical notes by Judy Helme.

  • Local drama, songs and poems

    • Beddow, Neil.
      2014
      Gas girls: the untold story of Avonmouth‘s mustard gas factories.
      Bristol: ’acta Community Theatre.
      There is also a touring play based on the book, about conditions in local WW1 factories.
    • Bullock, Ethel Kate.
      1910
      Avonmouth Light House. Poem in the Ethel Thomas Collection, Bristol Archives 2/A/47.
    • Davis, Charles The Chimney‐Sweep Poet
      undated
      Poem about Penpole, printed in Ethel Thomas,
      Shirehampton story,
      55.
    • Hallett, Alyson, coordinator of 49 contributors.
      1995
      The Shirehampton poem 1995.
      Privately published.
    • Hobhouse, Thomas.
      1787
      Kingsweston Hill: a poem; the second edition, with considerable alterations by the author…
      London
      printed for J. Forbes.
      Date of first edition unknown.
    • NAMSO.
      Locally themed verses in Shire, which can be found by using the online index.
  • Uncategorizable local material

    • anonymous.
      1818
      A full, true, and particular Account of Two Poor Children that were found starved to death, one about three, and the other about five years old in the Plantations, near Shirehampton, on Thursday Morning last, October 15, 1818, supposed to be left there by some Gypsies.
      Pamphlet of 6 pages
    • Walker, Richard.
      about 1850
      Tale of the olden time, founded on the discovery of a marble bust in a secret chamber, at Shirehampton.
      London
      Copy in the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. I have found no other reference to any such discovery.

DOCUMENTS KNOWN TO EXIST BUT UNTRACED

Untraced publications list

  • Lewis, Dennis.
    undated
    An appreciation of Alfred Nixon Moores 1914‐2000.
    Moores was an artist sometimes working from Twyford House.
  • Nicholls, A. J.
    undated
    Report on Shirehampton Library tower clock.
  • Shirehampton school logbook.

Several items mentioned under Sea Mills above have also not been located.

If you know where a copy of any of these untraced items exists, please tell the compiler, and please send suggestions of books, pamphlets, articles, audio or video items or web‐pages for inclusion in this historical resource to the compiler at richardc.yb@gmail.com.

Foundation document (1.0) date 2007

State 1.1 released online at 30 September 2020

State 2.0 of 23 February 2021