Bristol and Avon Family History Society

Publications

Research materials, books and maps focusing on Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (the former county of Avon). The contents of the CD-ROMs, digital downloads and microfiche have been compiled and published by Society volunteers whilst the books and maps are mainly published by other organisations. The majority of orders for 'physical' goods will be dispatched within 5 days of receipt whilst downloadable publications will be available almost immediately.

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Books/Booklets & Downloads

The books listed in this section fall into three categories:

1. A selection of books mainly by the local author, Ian Bishop.
The "Around" series feature photographs from the early decades of the 20th century whilst the "Then and Now" series feature photographs
from both the early and late 20th century on facing pages, illustrating the changes to buildings and streets during the intervening years.

2. Chapman Records Cameos, written and published by Colin Chapman.
A very authoritative series of books, designed to raise awareness of the less often used source materials that can be useful to family historians.

3. Miscellaneous booklets, compiled and published the Bristol and Avon Family History Society. Also available as downloadable PDF files.

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Bristol's Pauper Children by Shirley Hodgson - Click for large image
A little-known chapter from Bristol’s past has been brought to life in this book which explores the plight of the city’s Victorian vagrant children.

An estimated 60,000 Canadians are believed to be descended from more than 1,500 orphaned, destitute and abandoned children who were sent to Canada in the belief they would have a better life.

The Bristol children were among about 100,000 child immigrants sent across the Atlantic between 1869 and 1939 from all over the UK; it is estimated that 12% of present-day Canadians are descended from these “British Home Children”.

The trials and tribulations faced by these poverty-stricken children is uncovered in this revealing book. Paperback, 256 pages.

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Family History Work Book - Click for large image
This Family History Work Book is ideal if you prefer to manually record your family history and carry it around on your research journey.

It contains a central pedigree chart, a page for each part of your family tree, with space for recording birth, marriage, children, death and census details. Together with a handy age/census calculator and notes pages. A4 paperback, 40 pages


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Killed in a Coalpit by D.P. Lindegaard. - Click for large image
As the title suggests, this book focuses on the accidents that befell the coal miners of the East Bristol and South Gloucestershire coalfields. Chapters 4 and 5 (entitled 'Killed in a Coalpit' and 'Some Lucky Escapes?' respectively) provide an alphabetical list of the miners involved in accidents and a description of their injuries. Chapter 6 (entitled 'Heroes: For Each One Rescued, A Rescuer') tells the story of their rescuers who were not prepared to let their mates 'bide there and die'.

The book contains the names of over 2000 miners and is well illustrated with photographs, drawings and newspaper articles. Although focusing on the accidents, other chapters provide an additional insight into the miners' lives and the dangerous world of coal mining. Hardback, 262 pages.

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We Have Our Lives by Mike Hoyle & Clive Burlton - Click for large image
This booklet accompanies Bristol Cathedral's contribution to the First World War centenary commemorations. It tells the story of 52 men from the Diocese of Bristol who fought and died during the First World War - one for each month of the war. In addition to their biography, there is a picture of each man. Paperback. 48 pages

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Arnos Vale Bristol - A Victorian Cemetery - Click for large image
The long history of Arnos Vale Cemetery, one of Bristol's hidden treasures. Produced by the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery. The entire proceeds from this book will be given to the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery to support the Arnos Vale Cemetery restoration and maintenance fund. Paperback, 72 pages.

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Around Bitton by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A pictorial journey following an East to West line from Swineford, through Bitton and its railway station, to Willsbridge. Containing historical pictures (with associated descriptions) dating mainly from the early decades of the 20th century. Paperback, 60 pages.

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Around Clandown, Radstock and Kilmersdon by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
Now available - a new book by Ian Bishop.

This book in the "Around" series concentrates on the villages and towns of Clandown, Radstock and Kilmersdon in what was once the North Somerset coalfield. In particular, there are many pictures of the railways and collieries around Radstock. The majority of pictures date from the first 40 years of the 20th century with a smaller number dating from the 1950s. With the exception of the pictures from the 1950s, there is an almost complete absence of motorised traffic. Paperback, 88 pages.

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Around Downend, Frenchay & Hambrook by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
This is the 16th book in the "Around" series. It is packed with black and white photographs (and associated descriptions) from the first 50 years of the 20th century. Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around Hanham by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
Historical pictures of Hanham and its people, mainly from the early decades of the 20th century. Covering Longwell Green to Air Balloon Hill. Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around Harptree by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A photographic journey centred around East and West Harptree. Following a route from Chelwood via Bishop Sutton, Stowey, Compton Martin, Ubley, Blagdon and ending at Rickford. The pictures mainly date from the first half of the 20th century. Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around High Littleton by Ian Bishop - Click for large image
Old photographs from the first 50 years of the 20th century covering the north east Somerset communities of High Littleton, Hallatrow and Farrington Gurney. Including photographs of Greyfield and Farrington collieries, Hallatrow railway station and a roadside petrol station (c1933) with one of the pumps displaying a price of 1/5d (about 7p), presumably per gallon! Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around Keynsham by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
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Including Queen Charlton and Chewton. Containing historical pictures of the town and its people, mainly from the early years of the 20th century. Paperback, 60 pages.

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Around Kingswood by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
Kingswood, as it appeared in the past. From Warmley to St George. Containing old photographs from the first half of the 20th Century and a small number of aerial views from the 1960s. Paperback, 68 pages.

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Around Marshfield - Then and Now by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
Containing both early and late 20th century "then and now" photographs (on facing pages) of Hinton, Tormarton, West Littleton, Cold Ashton, Marshfield and North Wraxall. Paperback, 60 pages.

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Around Nailsea by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A pictorial journey through Nailsea and the surrounding area, including Long Ashton, Flax Bourton, Farleigh Backwell, West Town, Wraxall and the Gordano Valley. Containing old photographs, mainly from the early years of the 20th century and the 1950s. Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around Oldland by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A pictorial record of Oldland during the 20th century, with many pictures covering the early decades of the century. Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around Pensford by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A pictorial journey from Whitchurch to Clutton via Queen Charlton, Stanton Drew, Pensford and Chelwood. Containing old photographs, mainly from the early years of the 20th century and the 1950s. Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around Pucklechurch - Then and Now by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
Containing early and late 20th century "then and now" photographs (on facing pages) of locations in Pucklechurch and the surrounding area. Including Westerleigh, Siston, Abson, Shortwood, Dyrham, Doynton and Wick. Paperback, 56 pages.

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Around Saltford by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
Historical pictures (with associated descriptions) of Saltford, Corston and Newton St Loe, dating from the early decades of the 20th century. Paperback, 60 pages.

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Around Staple Hill by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A pictorial record of the area surrounding Staple Hill, including Fishponds, Hillfields, Mangotsfield and Downend. The pictures date mainly from the early decades of the 20th century. Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around Timsbury by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A pictorial journey of the villages surrounding Timsbury, including Marksbury, Priston, Farmborough, Peasedown, Camerton, Clutton and Temple Cloud. Most of the pictures date from the early decades of the 20th century. Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around Warmley by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A pictorial illustration of Warmley as it appeared in the past, including Wick, North Common and Mangotsfield. The majority of pictures date from the early decades of the 20th century and the 1980s. Paperback, 60 pages.

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Around Winterbourne, Iron Acton and Frampton Cotterell by Ian Bishop - Click for large image
Now available - a new book by Ian Bishop.

This is the 19th book in the "Around" series, taking a photographic journey back in time to the South Gloucestershire villages of Winterbourne, Iron Acton and Frampton Cotterell. The majority of photographs date from the early decades of the 20th century, showing the then rural nature of the area. A small number of aerial photographs, dating from the 1950s and 60s, show the post war development of the area. Paperback, 84 pages.

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Around Yate and the Sodburys by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A photographic record, mainly from the early decades of the 20th century together with a small number of photographs from the 1950s. Covering Westerleigh, Nibley, Yate Rocks and (mainly) Chipping Sodbury and Old Sodbury. The inside back cover contains some examples of local advertisements from the mid 1930s - very formal with 2 and 3 digit telephone numbers! Paperback, 64 pages.

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Around Yatton by Ian Bishop - Click for large image
Old photographs of Yatton during the first half of the 20th Century. Including some nostalgic photographs of Yatton railway station between 1905 (its heyday) and the 1950's. Paperback, 60pages.

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Bitton (East) - Then & Now by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
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Containing early and late 20th century "then and now" photographs (on facing pages), illustrating the changes that have taken place during the intervening years. Covering the eastern side of Bitton and the communities of Upton Cheyney, Swineford, North Stoke and Kelston. Paperback, 56 pages.

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Coal and The Dramway (within rural Bitton) by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
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Produced at the request of the Bitton Parish Council as a heritage trail book, it follows the route of the Dramway within the parish of Bitton. Whilst the book contains much historical information, it is also intended to act as a guide for those who wish to walk and explore the route of the Dramway, where this is still possible. Paperback, 44 pages.

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Return to Keynsham by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A companion to "Around Keynsham" (listed above). More photographs of Keynsham in the early years of the 20th Century with some pictures showing the town in the 1950s and 1960s. Paperback, 52 pages.

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Return to Marshfield by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
Containing historical pictures of Tormarton, Cold Ashton, North Wraxall and Marshfield. Mainly dating from the early decades of the 20th century. Paperback, 48 pages.

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Stories from St Phillips by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A Trilogy of Local History. Three separate stories of eastern Bristol covering the districts known today as Old Market, Newtown, Easton and Lawrence Hill. Paperback, 176 pages.

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The Cock Road Gang by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
The Story of the Caines Family of Bitton and Oldland. Covering the period from 1727 to 1837. Paperback, 108 pages.

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The City & Kingswood Line by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
A History of Bristol's Trams. Liberally illustrated with many old photographs of the trams themselves and street scenes of the routes they worked. Finally concluding with photographs of the tram "Graveyard". Paperback, 108 pages.

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Longwell Green - Our Village by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
Including Willsbridge and West Hanham. This book is divided into three sections: (1) "The story of our Village". (2) "A photographic look-back at our village and the surrounding area". (3) Longwell Green coachworks and Bence motor services - A story of W.J. Bence & Sons". Paperback, 165 pages.

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Oldland and the Surrounding Parishes by Ian Bishop. - Click for large image
Including Kelston, North Stoke, Swineford, Upton Cheyney, Beach, Wick, Churchley, Bridge Yate, North Common, Warmley, Cadbury Heath, Barrs Court, Gee Moor and Oldland Common. Paperback, 218 pages.

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Butcher, Baker, Candle Maker - Chipping Sodbury from 1795 (Book) - Click for large image
The book is out of print but it is available as a CD-ROM and a downloadable PDF file.

In 1795, a map of all the properties in Chipping Sodbury was produced to aid the setting of the Poor Law Rate. Many of the owners, occupiers and trades carried on in these properties have been tracked up to the present time using sources such as deeds, directories and census data. This book contains a pictorial record of all the properties with details of known occupiers since 1795.

It is the result of a project originated by the Sodbury Vale Family History Group of the Bristol & Avon Family History Society. A4 softback book, fully illustrated, over 400 pages. (13.97)

A 20 page index of 1262 surnames recorded in alphabetical order with each map reference number is also available as a free download from our website. Compiled by John and Val Gearing.

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Ecclesiastical Courts, Officials & Records by Colin Chapman. - Click for large image
An explanation of the organisation and procedures of Church Courts and their officials. For example, Ecclesiastical Courts granted probate (Wills and Letters of Administration), issued common and special marriage licences and honorary degrees. Paperback, 76 pages.

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How Heavy, How Much and How Long? by Colin Chapman. - Click for large image
A description of weight and other measures used in the past throughout the British Isles. Including chapters covering general numeration, length, area, volume and capacity, weight and mass, money, metric measures and equivalents. Invaluable for anyone studying wills, inventories, accounts, letters, journals and family papers. Paperback, 92 pages.

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Marriage Laws, Rites, Records & Customs by Colin Chapman. - Click for large image
This book gives details of courtship, marriage and divorce customs throughout the British Isles. Covering almost 200 marriage and divorce laws of both Church and State, with references to the original legislation. Paperback, 116 pages.

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Pre-1841 Censuses & Population Listings (in the British Isles) by Colin Chapman. - Click for large image
Background information for censuses and listings of people from 1086 to 1841 in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Listings were required for various purposes including military (muster rolls and militia lists) and the collection of taxes (poll, land and window taxes) whilst other listings were required by the Church authorities to determine who was regularly attending Church. There is a comprehensive index. Paperback, 84 pages.

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The Growth of British Education and its Records by Colin Chapman. - Click for large image
An historical description of the records of schools, universities, reformatories, military and adult academies supported by the state, charities, endowments and religious bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Paperback, 84 pages.

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Tracing your British Ancestors by Colin Chapman - Click for large image
A guide for researches tracing their family history in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. There are chapters covering census returns, parish registers and transcripts, probate records, other church records, old and new poor laws, land records, military records, family history societies and heraldry. Paperback, 92 pages.

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Census Returns, Bristol Area 1841-1881. - Click for large image
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A printed aid to locate census returns, especially on microfilm etc. The following information is given: registration district and sub-district, parishes, Home Office piece number, enumeration district number and folio numbers. Covering the registration districts of Bedminster, Bristol, Clifton/Barton Regis and Keynsham.

Please note that this booklet does not contain the census returns themselves. Compiled by Jane Baker. 26 pages.

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Census Returns, Bath Area 1841-1881. - Click for large image
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A printed aid to locate census returns, especially on microfilm etc. The following information is given: registration district and sub-district, parishes, Home Office piece number, enumeration district number and folio numbers. Covering the Bath registration district and that part of the Keynsham registration district in Somerset.

Please note that this booklet does not contain the census returns themselves. Compiled by Jane Baker. 10 pages.

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Thornbury Marriages missing from Phillimore's Gloucestershire Volume XV. - Click for large image
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Thornbury Marriages (between 1664 and 1727) missing from Phillimore's Gloucestershire Parish Registers Volume XV as listed by E. A. Roe from Gloucester Bishops Transcripts. 8 pages.

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Bristol Marriages 1800-1837. Errata and Addenda Volumes 1-6. - Click for large image
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A printed supplement to the Bristol Marriages index 1800-1837 microfiche. Please note: not applicable to our CD transcriptions. 14 pages.

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An A-Z history of 200 Bristol street names. - Click for large image
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The origins of street names may appear to be quite obscure. Some are self-explanatory, for example, those incorporating "bridge", "river" or "field" etc. Others take their names from the activity that took place on that site, for example, the growing or sale of crops, fruit or flowers. Several street names originate from Old English and Middle English spoken between 400-1100 and 1100-1500 respectively. This booklet provides short explanations of the origins of some 200 Bristol street names. Compiled by Grace Cooper. 20 pages.

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An A-Z of Pub Signs and their Origins. - Click for large image
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In the 1400s, publicans were required by law to display painted signs. Because the land on which pubs were built was owned by the church or the nobility, early signs were either biblical or depicted coats of arms. However, as we have become literate, many picture signs have given way to the pub name only.

Describing over 200 pub signs. Divided into two sections - "Pub signs used nationwide" and "pub signs relative to Bristol". Compiled by Grace Cooper. 26 pages.

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