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Bedminster, a parish in the hundred of Hadcliffe with Bedminster, in the county of Somerset, a suburb of Bristol, 1 mile to the S. of the city. It is situated on the south bank of the river Avon, and contains the tythings of Bishport, or Bishopworth, and Knowle. The Avon here flows through the new cut which is crossed by an iron bridge, its natural channel forming now the floating docks of the city. The trade and manufactures of Bedminster are considerable, including collieries, timber-yards, tanyards, rope-walks, &c. It is a polling-place for the borough of Bristol. A large hospital is established.

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003 [GenUKI]


Bishport, or Bishopworth “a tything, in the parish and union of Bedminster, hundred of Hartcliffe with Bedminster, E. division of Somerset; containing 270 inhabitants. This place was formerly called Bishopsworth, and had a chapel standing in the time of Edward VI. A district church, St. Peter's, was consecrated in April, 1843; it is a beautiful specimen of Norman architecture. The living is in the gift of the Vicar of Bedminster.”

A Topographical Dictionary of England British History Online

10 Aug 1660. (Bristol EN Deposition Book, 1657-1661, f.1.27v) Depositions of James BOXWELL and Henry DAVIS that they knew well Edward CLARKE of the Parish of Temple, Bristol, tucker, and Mary his wife, both now deceased. They had two children, Judith CLARK who is now married to Henry COMELY of Bishport, Som. [Somerset?], and Robert CLARKE, who some years past went to Virginia, and recently, as they have heard, died there. (VSLA Survey Report No. B 4, p. 4, #06580)

Notes: Was Henry a COMELY or a COMES? Might Robert CLARK above have been kin to Robert CLARK who m 1679-1684, Sarah Combs, d/o the above Abraham Combs of Old Rappa. Co VA & St. Mary's Co MD?


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