Stoke, New Zealand
Stoke is one of the suburbs of Nelson, New Zealand. Stoke was named by William Songer, the personal servant of Captain Arthur Wakefield, after his birthplace Stoke-by-Nayland in Suffolk. It lies between Richmond and Tahunanui. Stoke has a population of around 7000. Stoke was voted 'Keep New Zealand Beautiful Peoples Choice Best Place in New Zealand' in 2010.
Main attractions include:
- Saxton's Field, a sports ground which features softball, cricket, football, and hockey fields and also includes a court for netball. There is also an archery programme.
- Saxtons' Stadium, where futsal, handball, basketball, table tennis, volleyball and other indoor sports are played.
- Isel Park - A historic park and house, which form part of the legacy left by the Marsden family of Stoke. History behind the park. Isel Park also contains the Isel Park research facility which is part of the Nelson Provincial Museum.
- Monaco peninsula
- Nayland Park Pools - including a 50m heated swimming pool and a diving pool
- The Stoke Hand - A sculpture outside of the Stoke library.
- Home of the Nelson Giants.
Literary street names
A group of streets in Stoke have been named after famous literary figures. These streets lie between Main Road Stoke and Nayland Road, They include:
Kipling Crescent, Tennyson Crescent, Keats Crescent, Shelley Avenue, Marlowe Street, Browning Crescent, Dickens Street, Homer Street, Coleridge Place
There are four primary schools in Stoke
- Stoke Primary School
- Nayland Primary School
- Birchwood Primary School
- Enner Glynn Primary School
There is one intermediate school in Stoke
There is one Secondary School in Stoke
- Nayland College.
- a Catholic co-educational secondary school, Garin College, is slightly west of Stoke.
- Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling, ed. Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 377. ISBN 9780143204107.
- Goodger, Karen (10 Dec 2010). "Beaut suburb is stoked at being NZ's top place". Nelson Mail (Fairfax New Zealand). Archived from the original on 2 Dec 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012. "The Nelson suburb traditionally joked about as being a retirement village is officially New Zealand's favourite place. Stoke was awarded the honour at the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards in Parliament last night..."
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