Welcome to the History of Stoke Gifford & Nearby Parishes

Edited by Adrian Kerton

owlThis aim of this history compiled by Adrian Kerton is to bring together the history of Stoke Gifford & some nearby parishes that is scattered around various institutions and to capture memories and memorabilia of the local residents.
I am indebted to Mike Stanbrook, who used Stoke Gifford as the subject of his Master’s degree, and to the other contributors for their help.
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Frenchay Village Museum is worth a visit for more local history

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The green Stoke Gifford

The word Giffarde meant one with round cheeks and double chin in Norman times. In Saxon, Stoche meant property of, or dependent farmstead, and at the time of Domesday, the Manor was held by Osbern Giffard, a supporter of William the Conqueror.

 Hence we have Stoche Giffarde.

Stoke Gifford in Domesday


Courtesy of  – domesdaymap.co.uk

Stoke Gifford
Hundred: Letberge
County: Gloucestershire
Total population: 16 households (medium).
Total tax assessed: 5 geld units (quite large).
Taxable units: Taxable value 5 geld units. Taxed on 5.0.
Value: Value to lord in 1066 £6. Value to lord in 1086 £8.
Households: 8 villagers. 3 smallholders. 4 slaves. 1 priest.
Ploughland: 4 lord’s plough teams. 8 men’s plough teams.
Lord in 1066: Dunn of Brimpsfield.
Lord in 1086: Osbern Giffard.
Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Osbern Giffard.
Phillimore reference: 50,2


STOKE-GIFFORD, Gloucestershire – Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868
A parish in the upper division of Henbury hundred, county Gloucester, 5 miles N.E. of Bristol, its post town, and 3½ N.W. of Mangotsfield railway station. The village, which is small, and chiefly agricultural, is situated on the road from Bristol to Gloucester. The soil is of a clayey nature, with a subsoil of brown limestone. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, value £60. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient structure with a tower and three bells. The parochial charities produce about £37 per annum. There is a village school for both sexes. The Duke of Beaufort is lord of the manor and owner of the soil.


Some names around the parish from 1345, from notes by Mike Stanbrook

Blak forlong
Lockesleyes forlong