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Boundaries of the city council ward.
Population10,402 (2011.Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceST585769
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRISTOL
Postcode districtBS9
Dialling code0117
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°29′24″N 2°35′56″W / 51.4900°N 2.5989°W / 51.4900; -2.5989Coordinates: 51°29′24″N 2°35′56″W / 51.4900°N 2.5989°W / 51.4900; -2.5989
Shops in Henleaze
St Peter's parish church

Henleaze is a northern suburb of the city of Bristol in South West England.

It is an almost entirely residential inter-war development, with Edwardian streets on its southern fringes. Its main neighbours are Westbury on Trym, Horfield, Bishopston and Redland.

Until 2016 Henleaze was the name of a ward for Bristol City Council, which included Golden Hill and Westbury Park as well as Henleaze.[2] Henleaze is now part of the Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze ward.


The name of Henleaze probably derives from a Robert Henley, who in 1659 bought a property which became known as Henley's House and later as Henleaze Park.[3] The area was a rural part of the parish of Westbury on Trym until 1896, when land between Henleaze Road and Durdham Down was sold for development. Most of the rest of the area was developed in the 1920s.[4]


Henleaze is in the Bristol North West constituency, and the MP for the area is Darren Jones, for Labour. There are three seats on Bristol City Council for the Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze ward, one held by Liberal Democrats and two by the Conservatives as of the 2016 elections. Up until the early 1990s, it was a solid Conservative area, however The Liberal Democrats established a more solid position up until 2006, when it began to swing back to the Conservatives. In the 2009 elections, when the Liberal Democrats took control of the City Council, Liz Radford a local campaigner achieved an unprecedented swing in the ward for the Conservatives. Henleaze would have fallen to them if the swing had been just 1.5% higher.

Henleaze is one of the most affluent areas of the city. Among the thirty-five wards into which Bristol is divided, it had the fifth lowest proportion of people in routine and semi-routine occupations, according to the 2001 census, and the fifth highest proportion with higher education qualifications.


Henleaze Lake, a flooded former quarry on the northern edge of Henleaze near Southmead and Westbury on Trym, is owned by the Charity (No 1132633) "Henleaze Swimming Club" since 2009[5] and celebrated its Centenary in 2019 [6]

The other former quarry was filled in and made into a park, now known as Old Quarry Park. It was recently renovated with the help of a grant from the National Lottery for the provision of play equipment, seating and flower beds.

Henleaze also features newsagents, bakeries, supermarkets and charity-shops, as well as a library, the Orpheus cinema which is run by 'King' Harold and Scott Cinemas and the Den (Est 2007). Henleaze Old Boys Cricket Club was formed in 2005 and play at the neighbouring Golden Hill Cricket ground. The membership of the club is primarily former Henleaze Junior School pupils. There is also a thriving Tennis Club based in Tennessee Grove with 4 outdoor courts and planning permission for floodlighting one has recently been granted.


Henleaze parish church, St Peter's, was designed and built in 1926 by A. V. Gough.[7] Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church was built in 1907 (as Henleaze Congregational Church) and designed by Frank Wills, who designed many Bristol churches.[8]

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  1. ^ "Henleaze" (PDF). 2011 Census Ward Information Sheet. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  2. ^ Ward map
  3. ^ The Henleaze Book, p.1
  5. ^ Henleaze Swimming Club website
  6. ^ Susie Parr 2019 The Lake Henleaze Swimming Club ISBN 978-1-64570-072-2
  7. ^ St Peter's website Archived 26 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Trinity-Henleaze URC website
  9. ^ "St Ursula's High School". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2006.

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