Speedwell, Bristol

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Speedwell is located in Bristol
 Speedwell shown within Bristol
Population 1,515 
OS grid reference ST635745
Unitary authority Bristol
Ceremonial county Bristol
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS5, BS15
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Bristol East
List of places

Coordinates: 51°28′06″N 2°31′36″W / 51.4682°N 2.5268°W / 51.4682; -2.5268

Speedwell Swimming Baths (after closure).
New housing on the site of the TA barracks, Whitefield Road.

Speedwell is an area of east Bristol, Part of the Hillfields ward. It has a mixture of residential and industrial land.

The National Census (29 April 2001) shows a population of 1,515.

The one School in the area is Bristol Brunel Academy, previously known as Speedwell Technology College and Speedwell Secondary School. It was Bristol's first specialist school - a technology college since 1997. In 2007 the Academy moved into all-new purpose built buildings and the old school buildings were demolished.


The Speedwell area had many small coal mines in the 19th century. In the 1970s some of these old workings had to be stabilised in the area of Speedwell secondary school. A goods only railway connected the collieries and the Peckett and Sons locomotive works (also known as the Atlas Locomotive Works) with the Midland railway at Kingswood junction. In the early 1970s, shortly after Avon county council was formed, approximately half of Speedwell secondary school burnt down, the school was partly rebuilt. A number of 'temporary' prefab houses, built in the housing shortage after the World War II, still exist in the west side of the suburb.