Histories of Stoke Gifford

April 2010 version 3.4

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This aim of this history compiled by Adrian Kerton is to bring together the history of Stoke Gifford that is scattered around various institutions and to capture memories and memorabilia of the local residents. It is available as a CD/DVD distributed at cost as much of the information is copyright and the owners have allowed the information to be reproduced here as long as the CD is sold at not for profit. I am continually gathering more information for the next version. Do not copy any information to your website but please provide a link to our website.

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photo of old school rooms on green

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

Image of Domesfay book for Stoke Gifford


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

Translation of the Domesday for Stoke Gifford.
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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 3 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.

photo of old description of Stoke Gifford

Also on this CD are the Walks Around Stoke Gifford.  6 Illustrated and Annotated Walks Booklets - Free. Produced by the Parish Council and Dennis Richards. Printed by South Gloucestershire Council.

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

Hammeysyate Wodemede Blak forlong Stoney forlong
Lockesleyes forlong Russmedford Walshshawesmede Inwode
Lockesleyesquarter Pylquarter Walforlong