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Sneyd Park

Coordinates: 51°28′36″N 2°38′32″W / 51.4766°N 2.6421°W / 51.4766; -2.6421
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Sneyd Park
A thatched cottage in Sneyd Park
Sneyd Park is located in Bristol
Sneyd Park
Sneyd Park
Location within Bristol
OS grid referenceST555755
Unitary authority
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRISTOL
Postcode districtBS9
Dialling code0117
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°28′36″N 2°38′32″W / 51.4766°N 2.6421°W / 51.4766; -2.6421

Sneyd Park is a suburb of Bristol, England, lying on the western fringe of Clifton Down, adjacent to the Avon Gorge and the Sea Walls observation point. It is part of the Stoke Bishop district.[1] Home to many millionaires, Sneyd Park was originally developed in Victorian times. Many Victorian and Edwardian villas line the edge of the Downs.[2] More modern housing has since been built down over the slope, towards Sea Mills, Bristol. Much of this development was carried out by the Stride family builders whose practice was "to purchase an estate freehold and to erect thereon their own houses, with the knowledge that none will be able to come along and dump a lot of cheap houses down in the neighbourhood, thereby spoiling the amenities of the place and detracting from the value of the houses erected by the firm."[3] The 'Stride brothers' specialised in constructing individual style homes with the emphasis on location, finish and design. Buildings were never duplicated and no two were built to the same design. They often have solid oak interior doors, oak-panelled hallways, the hallmark Stride letterboxes and impressive staircases. Brothers Jared and Jethro Stride founded the business in the 1920s, followed by Jared's sons Arthur and Frederick, and then their sons Leslie and Raymond.[4] In 1864 Jared and Jethro's brother Lot was killed in an accident in a sawmill in Cardiff when his hair was caught in the revolving saw. The incident made the newspapers around the world. [5][6] Prior to developing Sneyd Park Edwin Stride and his sons Jared and Jethro had set up the Crown Brick Works in Shirehampton to supply bricks for the docks then under construction. [7] [8]

Clifton Down, in the vicinity of Sea Walls, was the location of the flight, on 12 November 1910, of the first aircraft built by the Bristol and Colonial Aeroplane Company. Many thousands of Bristol's citizens flocked to see two well-known French pilots, Maurice Tétard and Henri Jullerot, give a public demonstration of the new Bristol Boxkite.[9][10] Blériot's famous flight across the English Channel had occurred only the year before.


  1. ^ "Sneyd Park Residents' Association". Sneyd Park Residents' Association. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Bristol Area Guides: Stoke Bishop, Sneyd Park and Coombe Dingle". Bristol Property Finders. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  3. ^ E.V.Larnder: 'Building the South West: An old-established undertaking and its work' in Industrial World Magazine March 1932
  4. ^ Stride Houses in Bristol evening Post 19 May 2008 pp.24-25
  5. ^ Cambria Daily Leader 12 November 1864
  6. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 24 January 1865
  7. ^ London Gazette 5 November 1886
  8. ^ E.Thomas - Down the 'Mouth (1992) pp38-45
  9. ^ "Bristol Boxkite 1910 Demonstration". Those Magnificent Men. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Durdham Down". Bristol City Council. Retrieved 11 September 2017.