Somerfield, New Zealand

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Somerfield
Area
 • Total 1.2302 km2 (0.4750 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 3,543
 • Density 2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)

Somerfield is a suburb in the south of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Location[edit]

The suburb is nominally bordered by the Heathcote River, Strickland Street, Milton Street and Barrington Street. Christchurch South Intermediate, Somerfield School, Somerfield Park and a variety of shops are located in Somerfield. The suburb is known for the wide variety of trees around, especially along the Heathcote River.

Somerfield Park, Christchurch

Etymology[edit]

Edward Brenchley Bishop, an early Mayor of Christchurch, was born at Somerfield House in Maidstone, Kent, England in 1811. He came to Christchurch on the Charlotte Jane with all his siblings, and together with his youngest brother Frederick Augustus Bishop (1818–1894) bought land south of Christchurch at the Heathcote River. They called their farm Somerfield, after their birthplace,[1] and they appear on both the 1853 jury list and electoral roll as living there.[2][3] Somerfield has since been adopted for the name of the suburb in that part of Christchurch.[1] The 42 acres (170,000 m2) property was in 1864 owned by Richard Packer,[4] who in turn passed it on to his son Henry William Packer (1831–1890).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Harper, Margaret. "Christchurch Place Names: N-Z". Christchurch City Libraries. pp. 59–61. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jury List". Lyttelton Times III (146). 22 October 1853. p. 4. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Electoral Roll for the District of Christchurch". Lyttelton Times III (132). 16 July 1853. p. 8. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Page 6 Advertisements Column 3". The Press IV (448). 6 April 1864. p. 6. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 

Coordinates: 43°33′43.34″S 172°37′26.26″E / 43.5620389°S 172.6239611°E / -43.5620389; 172.6239611