Stoke Bishop

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Stoke Bishop
Map showing Stoke Bishop ward to the north west of the city centre
Boundaries of the city council ward
Population 9,660 [1]
OS grid reference ST563759
Unitary authority Bristol
Ceremonial county Bristol
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS9
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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Coordinates: 51°28′49″N 2°37′48″W / 51.4804°N 2.6299°W / 51.4804; -2.6299

Stoke Bishop is a very affluent and medium-sized outer city suburb in the north-west of Bristol, located in between Westbury-on-Trym, Sneyd Park, and Sea Mills. Although relatively small, Stoke Bishop's population has increased due to substantial infilling on the Smelting Works sports ground and The Grove which used to belong to Clifton High school. The population of Stoke Bishop varies throughout the year because of the influx of students to the large campus of halls of residence situated on the edge of the suburb and the Downs during university term time.

Stoke Bishop is also the name of a council ward, which also includes Sneyd Park, most of the Downs and a small area of Sea Mills along the River Trym.[2]

The suburb is concentrated around a small village hall and a row of shops on Druid Hill, with a number of small local businesses. The association with Druids arose from a megalithic monument, apparently the remains of a burial chamber, discovered in 1811 off what is now Druid Hill.[3] Druid Stoke House, a Grade II listed building west of Druid Hill dates from the late 18th or early 19th century.[4] The suburb of Druid Stoke was developed in the grounds of Druid Stoke House in the 1930s.[3]

Druid Hill

Within Stoke Bishop there is a church, St Mary Magdalene (CofE); one primary school, Stoke Bishop C of E Primary, sometimes called Cedar Park, because of its location; and a village hall, which is used for a variety of activities from dog training to karate. There also remains one playing field, Stoke Lodge, mainly used by local schools for athletics, football, and cricket. Recently, a children's play park has been added to this field with parking available at the lodge itself which hosts the thriving Stoke Bishop Adult Adult Education Centre.

The historic Stoke House and Park lie in Stoke Bishop. The house was built in 1669 as a family mansion for Sir Robert Cann, Member of Parliament, Mayor of Bristol and Merchant Venturer. It is currently occupied by Trinity College, Bristol.[5]

Stoke Bishop Cricket Club play at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex. The cricket club has two senior men's XIs: the 2010 season has just finished with the 1st XI winning Bristol & District League Division 1 (thus gaining promotion to the Senior Division of the Bristol & District League), while the 2nd XI finished 5th in Bristol & District League Division 2. The club also boasts a thriving junior section composed of U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 teams.

Next to the primary school is Bristol Croquet Club, which has had many influential international members.

The small port of Abona at Sea Mills at the mouth of the River Trym was used by the Roman military forces passing in transit to Roman settlements in what is now South Wales. There are ruins of a small Roman villa at the entrance to Roman Way from the Portway. The Roman legionaries had a transit camp on what were the grounds of Nazareth House (a Roman Catholic Orphanage) near that villa. Nazareth House was used until the 1970s and was demolished by C H Pearce contractors, Bristol.[citation needed] Bombs fell in Roman Way during the Second World War, destroying one house completely.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stoke Bishop". 2001 Census Ward Information Sheet. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  2. ^ Ward map
  3. ^ a b Grinsell, L.V. (1979). "The Druid Stoke Megalithic Monument". Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 97: 119–121. Retrieved 12 Nov 2013. 
  4. ^ Images of England website
  5. ^ An excellent history of Stoke House can be found on their website at: Trinity College, Site and History, Accessed 2 December 2010.