In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Almondsbury like this:
ALMONDSBURY, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Thornbury, Gloucester. The village stands near the rivulet Boyd, at the foot of a ridge of limestone rocks, 1¾ mile from the Bristol and South Wales railway, 8 miles N of Bristol; and has a post office under Bristol. It is said to have derived its name from Alcmond, King Egbert's father, who was buried in the church, and from a fortification in the neighbourhood. The heights above it, and the grounds of Knole House, adjacent on the SW, command a very noble and extensive view, embracing the estuary of the Severn and the hills of Monmouth and Wales.The parish includes the tythings of Almondsbury, Lea, Over, Gaunts-Earthcote. ...
Lower Tockington, and Hempton and Patchway. Acres, 6,927. Real property, £15,078. Pop., 1,864. Houses, 394. The property is much subdivided. Some lands belonged anciently to the priory of St. Augustine in Bristol. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £915. Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is cruciform and early English, with tower and spire at the intersection. There are a neat little chapel of ease at Cross Keys, two dissenting chapels, a national school, and charities £255.-The sub district comprises six parishes-Acres, 23,087 Pop., 5,233. Houses, 1,084.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Almondsbury has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Gloucestershire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Almondsbury and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Almondsbury in South Gloucestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd October 2014
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