Brislington West (ward)

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Brislington West
Brislington old tram depot.jpg
Old tram depot, Bath Road/Sandy Park Road
Brislington West is located in Bristol
Brislington West
Brislington West
Location within Bristol
Population11,355 [1]
OS grid referenceST622704
Unitary authority
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRISTOL
Postcode districtBS4
Dialling code0117
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°25′54″N 2°33′13″W / 51.4316°N 2.5536°W / 51.4316; -2.5536Coordinates: 51°25′54″N 2°33′13″W / 51.4316°N 2.5536°W / 51.4316; -2.5536

Brislington West is a council ward of the city of Bristol, England. It covers the western part of Brislington, Arnos Vale, Kensington Park and St Anne's.[2]


Brislington is one of the largest suburbs of Bristol, and it is split into two sections for the purposes of local government; Brislington West and Brislington East. Notable places in the western section include Oasis Academy Brislington and the HTV studios.

Arno's Vale[edit]

The cemetery.

Arno's Vale (also written Arnos Vale) is an area centred just over two miles from the city's centre point. It includes the 1837-begun, wooded Arno's Vale Cemetery, which occupies 45 acres (18 ha)[3] its grounds are statutorily listed (protected) in the mid-category, II*. was established in 1837. Burials ceased in 1998, but it has been kept open by volunteers since.[4] It is part of the old Arno's Court Estate, one of four in Bristol where a single proprietor's manor house or grand country estate house has survived. Its current use is as a hotel (Arno's Manor Hotel). The remaining estate land includes Arno's Court Park. The park, which has views across Bristol, forms the peak of a crest between Knowle and Brislington in the city.

The parkland core of Arno's estate, which includes the Parkside Hotel, Arno's Court Triumphal Arch and Black Castle Public House is beside the A4 road, 2 miles (3.2 km) south east of Bristol city centre. Roads to Bath and Wells run through the area. The estate has namesakes, derived from its Georgian owners, in two parts of the former British West Indies: St Vincent and Trinidad.

Kensington Park[edit]

Kensington Park is a small suburb. It is centred on the stretch of Bath Road which runs from Arno's Vale to Brislington village, and includes Kensington Park Road, Kings and Hampstead Roads, the southern end of Winchester and Wick Roads, Eagle Road and the northern parts of Water Lane. In the west it is bounded by Upper Knowle and to the north, east and south by Brislington.

In terms of both its architectural style and demographics, it is similar to other areas of south Bristol such as Southville and Upper Knowle, although considerably smaller than either. Houses in the district are largely Victorian and early 20th century dwellings, and include many which are large and well-preserved. It is largely inhabited by urban professionals.

On Bath Road, opposite the entrance to Kensington Park Road is a small memorial cross dedicated to people who lost their lives in the First World War.

St Anne's[edit]

Bridge over the River Avon

St Anne's is a suburb bordering on Brislington, St George, St Phillips and Broomhill. St Anne's is also the location of St Anne's Wood, a notable place in South Bristol history where King Henry VII visited.

The northern boundary of the area including St Anne's park is marked by the River Avon, and the suburb crossed by the Great Western Railway, and some sidings, just east of Bristol Temple Meads station. The railway passes through a tunnel which was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1840 which is a listed building.[5][6]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Anna Russell (1807 – 1876), botanist, was born in Arno's Vale, and lived in Brislington.[7]


  1. ^ "Brislington West" (PDF). 2011 Census Ward Information Sheet. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  2. ^ Bristol City Council. "Brislington West ward" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Discover Arnos Vale". Bristol: Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  4. ^ "From Garden Cemetery to Wilderness and then Restoration". Bristol: Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  5. ^ "St Anne's Tunnel east entrance". Retrieved 9 December 2006.
  6. ^ "St Anne's Tunnel west entrance". Retrieved 9 December 2006.
  7. ^ Creese, Mary R.S (2000). Ladies in the Laboratory? American and British Women in Science, 1800-1900: A Survey of Their Contributions to Research. Scarecrow Press. pp. 31–32. ISBN 9780585276847.

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