Henleaze

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Henleaze
Bristol henleaze.png
Boundaries of the city council ward.
Population 10,402 [1]
OS grid reference ST585769
Unitary authority Bristol
Ceremonial county Bristol
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Bristol North West
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England
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Coordinates: 51°29′24″N 2°35′56″W / 51.4900°N 2.5989°W / 51.4900; -2.5989

Shops in Henleaze
St Peter's parish church

Henleaze is a northern suburb of the city of Bristol in South West England.

It is an almost entirely residential inter-war development, with Edwardian streets on its southern fringes. Its main neighbours are Westbury on Trym, Horfield, Bishopston and Redland.

Henleaze is also the name of a ward for Bristol City Council, which includes Golden Hill and Westbury Park as well as Henleaze.[2]

History[edit]

The name of Henleaze probably derives from a Robert Henley, who in 1659 bought a property which became known as Henley's House and later as Henleaze Park.[3] The area was a rural part of the parish of Westbury on Trym until 1896, when land between Henleaze Road and Durdham Down was sold for development. Most of the rest of the area was developed in the 1920s.[4]

Politics[edit]

Henleaze is in the Bristol North West constituency, and the MP for the area is Charlotte Leslie, a Conservative. There are two seats on Bristol City Council for Henleaze ward both held by Liberal Democrats. Up until the early 1990s, it was a solid Conservative area, however The Liberal Democrats established a more solid position up until 2006, when it began to swing back to the Conservatives. In the 2009 elections, when the Liberal Democrats took control of the City Council, Liz Radford a local campaigner achieved an unprecedented swing in the ward for the Conservatives. Henleaze would have fallen to them if the swing had been just 1.5% higher.

Henleaze is one of the most affluent areas of the city. Among the thirty-five wards into which Bristol is divided, it had the fifth lowest proportion of people in routine and semi-routine occupations, according to the 2001 census, and the fifth highest proportion with higher education qualifications.

Amenities[edit]

Henleaze Lake, a flooded former quarry on the northern edge of Henleaze near Southmead and Westbury on Trym, has been the home of Henleaze Swimming Club since 1919.[5]

The other former quarry was filled in and made into a park, now known as Old Quarry Park. It was recently renovated with the help of a grant from the National Lottery for the provision of play equipment, seating and flower beds.

Henleaze also features newsagents, bakeries, supermarkets and charity-shops, as well as a library, the Orpheus cinema which is run by 'King' Harold and Scott Cinemas and the Den (Est 2007). Henleaze Old Boys Cricket Club was formed in 2005 and play at the neighbouring Golden Hill Cricket ground. The membership of the club is primarily former Henleaze Junior School pupils.

Churches[edit]

Henleaze parish church, St Peter's, was designed and built in 1926 by A. V. Gough.[6] Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church was built in 1907 (as Henleaze Congregational Church) and designed by Frank Wills, who designed many Bristol churches.[7]

Listed buildings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Henleaze" (PDF). 2011 Census Ward Information Sheet. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Ward map
  3. ^ The Henleaze Book, p.1
  4. ^ THE HENLEAZE BOOK
  5. ^ Henleaze Swimming Club website
  6. ^ St Peter's website
  7. ^ Trinity-Henleaze URC website
  8. ^ "St Ursula's High School". Images of England. Retrieved 9 July 2006. 

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