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Arnos Vale is a small district in Bristol famous for the historical Arnos Vale Cemetery which opened in 1839. After some campaigning from locals it became a heritage site in the late 1980's, this was after a press report stating that the owners may use a large portion of the land for re-development.

Ashton Gate is a small suburb in the Southville ward, Bristol City Council. Still surviving is a toll house on North Street (the western end). It was once part of the Smyth Family estate of Ashton Court , which had collieries, ironworks, a brewery and a tobacco factory. The Bristol Beer Factory started brewing in 2003 on the old brewery site. The Ashton Gate Stadium is the home of Bristol City Football Club, there are great leisure and shopping facilities in North street along with the Tobacco Factory theatre for entertainment.

Avonmouth, situated to the south of Bristol is predominately a place of industry with the Avonmouth Docks at the mouth of the River Avon on the northern side. The docks are close to the M5 and the railway stations of Avonmouth and Severn Beach .

The first dock was opened in 1877 called the Avonmouth Old Dock, with a bigger dock opening in 1908 called the Royal Edward Dock, this was operated by the Port of Bristol Authority until 1991 but is now operated by the Bristol Port Company along with Royal Portbury Dock.

Avonmouth is also home to a gas fired power station and to some large chemical manufacturers but also has a significant residential area.

As well as the M5 motorway nearby linking the area to North Somerset and Gloucestershire there are also road links to the old severn bridge and second Severn Crossing via the A403, M4 and M48 and the nearby A4 links Avonmouth to Bristol City Centre.

There is also a sewerage treatment works that is a nature reserve, standing on 10 hectare.

Bedminster is a southern suburb of Bristol and many centuries, a town in its own right, later becoming part of Somerset until 1831. The history for this suburb dates back to the Romans, with its hive of industry flourishing in the 1800s and because of the rapid growth in business and people but no real accommodation available slums appeared. The chlora out break in 1830 and 1846 became more prevalent in this area than in the whole of Bristol .

With the wealth that these new industries generated other new businesses were able to develop, up to the First World War shops and businesses lined East, West and North Streets adding a much needed glamour to the area. Many schools, chapels, institutional buildings and pubs built then are still there today.

Bedminster had its fair share of air raids during the Second World War and after many industries resettled in rural areas in the southern part.

Bishopton was in the late 1800s call Horfield Great Farm and was part of the churchs land. It's change of name became because of Dr Monk who was Bishop at that time, he sold of the land to rich people for them to develop.

Bishop Road School opened in 1894 with some 48 children, and as the years went by the numbers increased leading to the increase of staff by 1896. The leaving age of children at this time was 12 years but this did increase in 1939. Increasing the age led to part of the premises being used for secondary education and this facility closed in the 1980's

The main street is Gloucester Road and is known for its many independent shops, pubs and restaurants which are greatly supported by the locals.

Bishopsworth has just over 11,000 people residing here and dates back to the Saxon settlers, progressing from a farming community to a thriving town, with great views of the Severn Estuary and of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Today people can enjoy the 19 th century church, of Norman design and dedicated to St Peter. It also have a great choice of restaurants, pubs and shops including the first village post office, offering a great variety while still being within easy reach of Bristol City Centre. It also has the beautifully restored Manor House which was built in the 18 th Century.

The Village Triangle was until the early 1960's a prominent feature of the town but was replaced by a swimming pool.

Blaise Hamlet is a small hamlet to the north west of Bristol which comprises of a collection of cottages designed in 1809 by John Nash. The cottages were for the use of retired staff from the Blaise Castle estate owned by John Scandrett Harford.The cottages are in use today and can only be looked at from the outside.

Brislington was originally much larger than it is today. It once incorporated the areas of Hengrove, Knowle West, Arnos Vale and Hicks Gate. In 1087 it was part of the Manor of Cainesham but did become a manor of its own in the same year. The area grew as did the numbers of people and became known as the Village, which is still is today. Brislington became a place of affluence in the mid 18 th century when business merchants and local gentry built mansions, Arnos Court , Wick House being two of them.

In the 19 th century Brislington House was built which is said to be the first mental asylum to be built specifically to help treat the insane, humanely, it was opened in 1804. This was open for near on 150 years but was closed in 1952 and has now been developed into luxury flats.

Brislington expanded quickly in the 1890s and in 1898 the boundary of the old parish was expanded into Bristol . The old village and the area surrounding this was still a part of North Somerset up until 1933.

Manufacturers and Businesses began to settle in this area starting around 1902, making Brislington a large employment area and this continued until the 1990s when these businesses closed.

Brislington today is seen as somewhere to pass through rather than stop and look at, but it still has that local community feeling offering many organisations and clubs, for both the elderly and the youth community and Brislington Brook is full of kingfishers and bluebells.

Canons Marsh once owned Bristol Cathedral (then known as St Augustine 's Abbey) was a marshy hay meadow area of Bristol . It became the centre of the shipping industry in the 1800's which were thriving at that time. In 1900 railway connections were built but were bombed during the Second World War when they then became derelict. An original Leadworks building was included on this site and this was used for the manufacturing industry (such as the glass works). These building were extended in 1901 they then provided warehouse facilities, such as storage. After the site became derelict it was redeveloped for At-Bristol.

Chester Park is mainly a residential area on the outskirts of Fishponds and is part of the ward called Hillfields. It was once part of the Royal Forest of Kingswood the forest was greatly reduced in size by Henry III thus downgrading it to a Royal Chase. It has been greatly developed over the centuries and when the common rights were cancelled in 1781 due to the Stapleton Enclosure Act, the area grew rapidly creating the modern day Chester Park . There are many churches here with the oldest being the Chester Park Mission Church and later became St John's .

Clifton is in fact a much older historical place than Bristol dating back to 350BC, but most of the history comes to light from the Domesday Book dating from the 1080s.

In 1686 the Society of Merchant Venturers became the owners of the Manor of Clifton which came with a spring. Due to the healing powers' of the warm water spring that bubbled through the mud in the River Avon a spa was created known as the Bristol Hotwell and high society came to it as part of their annual summer season. As it popularity grew businesses from Bath relocated there to catch the summer trade. New buildings were opened, such as Bristol 's first theatre and the New Vauxhall pleasure gardens and assembly rooms, boasting a man cook. Many people who were invalided would come for the healing powers of the spa. The spa declined as quickly as it was founded due to the expiry of the lease in 1785, the merchants not being able to find a tenant had to modernise the spa themselves adding a much higher subscription cost thus making people go elsewhere .

Clifton continued to expand and develop with many wealthy families buying large houses in the area and is home to the second oldest Zoo in Britain and is of course home to the Clifton Suspension Bridge which was finally completed in 1864.

Clifton has been an inspiration to the artistic world because of the spectacular scenery and has drawn many a famous person to live there.

People in the Clifton area have begun to realise the beauty of the place and have bought flats and houses formerly owned by landlords and restored them to their former glory.

Cotham is a suberb of Bristol that is mainly a residential area full of lovely old houses on tree lined streets and is worth visiting as it has an abundance of shops pubs and restaurants. With lots of charity shops for the bargain hunters, vintage clothes stores and kite shops you can meander and enjoy the hippie, eco-conscious feeling that it has.

Crews Hole A suburb in Bristol that gets its name from the Cruses Cottages where the Cruse family practically owned most of the land. First it was called Cruse then Screws Hole and then finally Crews Hole. There was a theory that the dame of the area came from crews of the old sailing ships who hid there from the much feared press gangs.

Mining had been carried out in this area from the middle ages but it was in 1710 that the Bristol Brass Company bought industry into the area and 24 furnaces were operating in here by 1724. By 1828 there were 49 but were then sold. Crews Hole is also notable for the production of unbreakable bricks made by the Bristol Fire Clay Co who operated there for 20 years, another big employer here was the tar works both playing a big part in both world wars.

The original cottages from the 18 th and 19 th centuries are still there today and co-exist alongside the Quayside Village that was built on the old tar works and although the industries have been long gone Crews Holes narrow lanes and country side originality still stays.

Crofts End which is also known as Clay Hill is an industrial suburb of Bristol and has a great many small houses of the Victorian era, mainly for the coal mining community.

Over the years the area has change with industrial estates taking over the Deep Pit Colliery and there is houses where it was once the Market Gardens.

Crofts End House, which was once a large single dwelling, is now a development of the Housing Association. Many of the prefabs buildings, that were built as post war houses by American Service-men, have been knocked down and more cost effective houses are being built.

Eastville is centrally north of Bristol City and is between the suburbs Whitehall , Fishponds and Easton and to its west is the River Frome and the M32. It has the Eastville Stadium which was the home to Bristol Rovers FC and a site for speedway and grayhound racing but is now the site for IKEA.

It has a large park just east of the M32 with a small lake in it. There is also a railway viaduct which is known as The Thirteen Arches and was part of the Clifton Extension Railway.

A former French Prison is here which later became Eastville Workhouse and then in 1930 became the Stapleton Institution and was mainly used for the care of the mentally ill. It is now the May Park Primary School after it was bombed in 1940.

There are four public houses that are officially designated to Eastville, they each date back to the reign of Queen Victoria , the other public houses that were situated in Eastville have either been demolished or converted for other uses.

Fishponds a suburb of Bristol which is roughly three miles east of the city centre. It historically had a large amount of industry in the area along with mining and quarrying.

The name comes from the old quarry pits fill with water which have been there since the early 17 th centry and were called the New Pooles. They have been drained and built on for quite some time now.

There are two hospitals in Fishponds, one was a prison for French Prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars and the other, St Matthias campus having started a teaching training college in the late 1900s.

There are two parks in Fishponds northern end, Oldbury Court Estate, known as Vassals Park locally, which is to the east and Eastville Park which Is to the west.

These are connected by a path that runs alongside of the River Frome.

On the river are some weirs which were connected to mills, these have now gone except one, which has now been restored.

Golden Hill People believe that its name is of a ancient pagan origin, with the remains of the tumulus nearby this could help the theory. Others say the name is because of the large fields of buttercups.

Cottages still remain that were used by farm workers of the Golden Hill Farmhouse which was down in the valley. It was 250 years old when it was demolished in 1932.

Today most people consider Golden Hill to be part of Kellaway Avenue .

Hillfields Is in the area of Fishponds in Bristol and was a little known area of farm land until after the First World War when the council bought up some land from wealthy land owners and built council houses known as Homes for Heros. Shops began to be built and eventually a school making it a community. It is mainly a residential area with a range of shops and entertainment for all ages.

Horfield is about three miles north of Bristol and was once part of south Gloucestershire. In the 1800s a prison was built in Horfield because the Gaol in Bristol was burnt down after political riots. Horfield Prison is still in use today as a high security prison. Also in Horfield there are the Horfield Barracks which were built for the Gloucestershire Regiment and they opened in 1847. They were demolished after the Second World War and the building which replaced them have since been knocked down and houses are now being built there. The chapel of the Barracks is still and is a listed building. Today there are many houses, schools, local shops, leisure, community and health centres. It also has large Common which the local community can use to relax. Horfields most famous son was born in Hughendon Road , his name was Archibald Alec Leach, later known as Cary Grant.

Kingsdown is a suburb in Bristol that was originally part of the estate of the Priory of St James and in the 1700s it was Bristol 's first planned suburb. The area became very fashionable during Bristol 's Golden age but due to the war with France and following this was there was an economic collapse. With the growing transport improvement people were able to move further afield to more rural areas thus helping to the decline of Kingsdown. Due to lack of maintenance and the Second World War bomb damage houses, hospitals etc were deemed unfit to use. Today the architectural qualities of the area are now being appreciated.

Lawrence Hill is a district in Bristol with a railway station that serves the St George and surrounding areas of Bristol . It was opened in September of 1863 and it ran from Temple Meads to New Passage and here a ferry took people to South Wales . The sidings that were built to the west were in use until the 1980s and in the 1990 the land was developed where a small industrial area and supermarket was built.

Lockleaze is a district of Bristol about 3 miles north of the city, it is south of Filton and west of Frenchay and east of Horfield. It is a narrow residential area separated from Horfield by the Bristol to South Wales railway line. Immediately after WW2 the area was developed with housing mainly owned by Bristol Corporation, today they are mainly privately owned.

Lodge Hill is in the district of Fishponds in Bristol

Monpelier is a district in Bristol which is home to the Bath Buildings, originally known as Rannison's Baths was laid out in 1765, converted from a snuff mill it used the waters from the Cutlers Mills Brook, later adding a coffee house, teagardens, an Inn and a bowling green for added attraction. Today The Old England Inn is the poly part of this that still exists. It has been recorded that 33231 people have used these facilities. The baths finally closed in 1916. The Cheltenham Road Viaduct was built in 1874 to carry the Clifton Extension line. This was also known as the Arches.

There are not any churches in Monpelier but it does have an imposing school called Fairfields. The school opened 1898 but closed in 2006 as it moved to more modern premises.

Old buildings have been given a facelift and are used for new purposes; there is a thriving shopping area and plenty of pubs and restaurants.

Redcliffe is a district in Bristol that is south of the river and is said to take its name from the red cliffs surrounding the area. It is home to the church St Mary Radcliffe which presides in the harbour area. In 1446 its impressive spire was struck by lightning. Two thirds of it fell to the ground causing quite a lot of damage the new spire was constructed in the 1870s.

Redland is a suburb of Bristol with large Victorian and Georgian houses that attracts professional families making this a more upper class area. Families are attracted to the area for its popular schools, Redland Green School and the independent Redland High School for girls, which has been situated in Redland Court since the 1880s. The area has a beautiful parkland of 400 acres called the The Downs which is a 15 minute walk away, and there is the fashionable areas of Chandos Road , Gloucester Road and Whiteladies Road , these have great shops, cafes, bars, coffee places and nightlife venues.

Sea Mills is a district in Bristol founded by the Romans and traces of a Roman road can still be seen in the Durdham Down area and was a Roman port and 18 th century harbour. The Sea Mills railway station opened in 1865, it started off as part of the Bristol Port and Pier Railway but later became part of the Severn Beach Line that runs from Temple Meads passing through Shirehampton and Avonmouth to Severn Beach . There was also the Signal Station was there to control navigation of shipping going from and to the Bristol Docks. After WW1 there was a great shortage of houses so many were built in this area and again after WW2 with many pre-fabricated single storey homes being built.

Shirehampton is a parish about six miles north west of the city centre of Bristol . It is today more of a residential area but has a rich history of its own dating back to the ninth century. It was originally part of the large parish of Westbury-on-Trym and then it was known as a hamlet it was in 1844 that it became a parish in its own right. Part of this parish was formed by Avonmouth which later became a separate parish in 1917. In the 1700s Shirehampton was most famous for its beautiful views, such as Penpole Point where you can see the River Severn and the Welsh hills. From the Elizabethan time up until 1935 Shirehampton belonged to the King's Weston Estates. When the squire died the estate was sold to pay death duties.

Many rich merchants and ship owners moved into the area which made it a fashionable place to live. Many of the large houses were demolished in the 1930's to make way for wider roads.

From the late 1800s people moved into the parish because of the increase in employment in that area due to the opening of the Railway and the opening of the Avonmouth Docks, thus changing the looks of the surrounding country side. After WW1, Shirehampton was chosen as the place to build hundreds of council houses, in the slum clearance scheme operating in Bristol at that time.

Shirehampton still has the feel of being a village but still has the easy access to the city centre, with easy access to the M4 and the Second Severn Bridge that crosses into Wales . It has a good range of shops, schools, pubs and churches.

Southmead is a district in Bristol that came about because of the lack of housing, the building started in 1931 when they built 1500 houses and then 1100 more house built after WW2. Greystoke Avenue is the main street in this area and here is where the main shops are located. Southmead has had many social problems over the years with pre war and post war estates in conflict, drug dealing and riots, now due to the efforts of some 500 residents who call themselves the 2Voice of Southmead and some cooperation with the police these issues are being sorted out.

Southville is a district that is less than a mile from the centre of Bristol City . It started out of the back of the tobacco industry, where about 30000 people were employed and so the community grew. The houses tend to be large Victorian terraces with good sized gardens. There is vibrant café culture and plenty of night time entertainment including bars and restaurants. There are wide range of shops such as butchers, delis and greengrocers.

There are plenty of schools around the area along with health care services and dentists. There are many areas for exercise such as the many cycle paths and Victoria Park is popular with joggers.

There is not a major traffic problem as most main roads pass the area and the M4 and M5 is nearby.

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