In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chipping Sodbury like this:
SODBURY (Chipping), a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Gloucester. The town stands-on a declivity, adjacent to the river Frome, 1¾ mile E of Yate r. station, and 10½ NE of Bristol; is a seat of petty-sessions, and a polling place; is governed by a bailiff and 12 burgesses; and has a head post-office,‡ a banking office, two chief inns, an old town hall with rebuilt front, a police station, an ancient church with pinnacled tower, Baptist and Quakers' chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a literary society, a reading room and library, an endowed grammar-school, a national school, town-lands, £288, a market on the first Tuesday of every month, and fairs on Holy Thursday and 24 June.The parish comprises 120 acres. ...
Real property, £2,805. Pop., 1,112. Houses, 249. The manor belongs to W. H. H. Hartley, Esq. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £167.* Patron, the Vicar of Old Sodbury.The sub-district contains also 5 other parishes. Acres, 14,115. Pop., 5,252. Houses, 1,091. -The district comprehends also the sub-districts of Marshfield, Hawkesbury, and Iron-Acton; and comprises 62,356 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £8,087. Pop. in 1851, 18,256; in 1861, 18,763. Houses, 4,020. Marages in 1863, 76; births, 656,-of which 40 were illegitimate; deaths, 457,-of which 200 were at ages under 5 years, and 15 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60,944; births, 5,954; deaths, 3,591. The places of worship, in 1851, were 27 of the Church of England, with 7,913 sittings; 10 of Independents, with 2,049 s.; 5 of Baptists, with 1,105 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 120 s.; 1 of Unitarians, with 25 s.; 6 of Wesleyans, with 1,206 s.; 3 of Primitive Methodists, with 280 s.; 1 undefined, with 20 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 120 s. The schools were 26 public day-schools, with 1,630 scholars; 32 private day-schools, with 496 s.; 31 Sunday schools, with 2,478 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 3 s. The workhouse is in Yate.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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