Stoke Park, Bristol
|Stoke Park, Bristol|
|Stoke Park shown within Bristol|
|OS grid||ST 61590 77051|
|Area||108 hectares (270 acres)|
Stoke Park is a public open space of 108 hectares (270 acres) in Bristol, England. It occupies a prominent position alongside the M32 motorway, together with the landmark Dower House and Purdown transmitter.
The Dower House
The Dower House is one Bristol's more prominent landmarks, set on a hill above the M32 motorway on the main approach into the city, and painted bright yellow. The house was built in 1553 by Sir Richard Berkeley. It has also been used as part of Stoke Park Hospital. The house closed as a hospital in 1985, and has since been converted into flats.
The park itself has spooked people of the public in the past few years. There had been sightings of Elizabeth who had died at the age of 18 whilst ridding a horse, the story told is that she was on her horse and went to the woods, this is where a fox spooked the horse and dropped Elizabeth of his back and Elizabeth broke her neck and died. till this day her ghost and her horses ghost still stay existence.
Within Stoke Park are two small lakes, the largest of which is Duchess Pond. It is used for angling and also supports several species of breeding bird which are scarce elsewhere in Bristol, for example, Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting; in addition, an Egyptian Goose was seen here in 2006.
Several aspects of the house and estate are listed. The house is Grade II* listed. The balustraded terrace, the Orangery, the remains of the Obelisk, and the Broomhill Gate are all Grade II listed. The woods contain the Beaufort Memorial, the cold bath, a stone tunnel, and a partially derelict stone tunnel with rusticated entrance arches, all also Grade II listed.
- Hermitage Tunnel
- Purdown BT Tower
- Woodland areas and trees.
- World War II gun emplacements on Purdown
- "Stoke Park Estate". Bristol City Council. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- "Bristol City Council one step closer to setting up its own beef farm at Stoke Park". Bristol Evening Post. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
- Bland, R. L. and J. Tully (2011) The Breeding Season Atlas of the Birds of Bristol 2000-2008 Bristol Ornithology 30:3-59
- English Heritage. "Dower House (Grade II*) (1136240)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- English Heritage. "Stoke Park (Grade II) (1000129)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Parks and open spaces in Bristol.|
- Stoke Park Estate, Bristol City Council
- The History of Stoke Park, edited by Adrian Kerton, Glenside Museum
- Stoke Park, Bristol Outline Management Plan, Cooper Partnership, September 1999