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Frenchay is located in Gloucestershire
 Frenchay shown within Gloucestershire
OS grid reference ST640778
Civil parish Winterbourne
Unitary authority South Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS16
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Filton and Bradley Stoke
List of places

Coordinates: 51°29′52″N 2°31′10″W / 51.4979°N 2.5194°W / 51.4979; -2.5194

Frenchay is a village, now a suburb of Bristol, England, to the north east of the city, but located mainly in South Gloucestershire and the Civil Parish of Winterbourne.

Frenchay was first recorded in 1257 as Fromscawe and later as Fromeshaw, meaning the wood on the Frome.[1]

The village is situated between the B4058 road, which runs parallel to the M32 motorway, and the wooded River Frome valley.

Frenchay's largest place of worship is the Anglican church of John the Baptist, adjacent to the large village common, which is overlooked by period houses. Also overlooking the common is the village school which dates from 1842. The village also contains a Catholic church, a Quaker Meeting House and a Unitarian chapel. WG Grace, the famous Victorian cricketer, whose family lived in the next village, was captain of the village cricket team and played on the common.[2] Frenchay Cricket club is the local club now.

The main campus of University of the West of England is named Frenchay Campus, though is not in Frenchay itself, and there is a business park nearby.

Frenchay is also home to Frenchay Hospital, greatly expanded during World War II for the US Army, which treated wounded soldiers returning from the D-Day landings in Normandy. Frenchay is still one of Bristol's major hospitals, and is famous for its burns unit. Close to the motorway, and with its own helicopter landing spot, it treats many road traffic accidents. Its facilities have been greatly extended in recent years, although wartime buildings are still much in evidence. The hospital is currently under threat of closure, despite the Save Frenchay Hospital campaign[3] to save it. Facilities merged with Southmead Hospital, further towards the centre of the city in May 2014. A&E services closed their doors at 02:00am on 19 May. The closure of Frenchay Hospital will make way for a new housing development.

Frenchay village has lots of green space, including the common, walks along the River Frome, and a moor owned by The National Trust. One of the hubs of the village is the Village Hall, and there is an annual village flower show.[4]

Frenchay's earliest place of worship was the Quaker Meeting House. The present one dates from 1809, and it replaced an earlier one of 1670.

Many Quaker merchants from nearby Bristol made their homes here, including Joseph Storrs Fry, the Quaker chocolate manufacturer, who styled his company J S Fry & Sons. He moved to Grove House (now Riverwood House) in 1800. He died in 1835 and is buried in the burying ground behind the Meeting House along with his wife and daughter, Pricilla.

Frenchay Park, an adjacent suburb, is situated within Bristol city limits.


  1. ^ Burrough, THB (1970). Bristol. London: Studio Vista. ISBN 0-289-79804-3. 
  2. ^ [1] Details can be found in the village museum
  3. ^ [2] Save Frenchay Hospital: Official website
  4. ^ [3] flower show official website