Whitehall, Bristol

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Whitehall is located in Bristol
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Post townBRISTOL
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51°27′43″N 2°33′14″W / 51.462°N 2.554°W / 51.462; -2.554Coordinates: 51°27′43″N 2°33′14″W / 51.462°N 2.554°W / 51.462; -2.554
Whitehall Road

Whitehall, is a district on the edge of inner Bristol city in England.

Parks[edit]

The local green space is Whitehall Playing Fields or Packer's Ground as it was known, taking its name from the local chocolate factory - Packers. In 2006 the company, known as Elizabeth Shaw, announced the closure of the site. In 2014 plans to convert it into flats and housing.[1][2] The playing field is to be fully redeveloped for sports use for The City Academy Bristol school.[3]

Housing[edit]

In part of the area, adjoining Easton and Eastville, there are still many streets and houses from the Victorian and Edwardian eras and in the part, adjoining St George, Bristol is the Gordon Estate with houses that were built in 1936.[4] This area originally consisted of market gardens and the new estate was built on the rhubarb patch and as a result, rhubarb was quite commonplace in many gardens.

Some houses ("villas") overlook the adjoining St. George Park and these have small balconies.

Newer houses have since been built on the former Co-op Bakery and Rose Green High School sites.[4] There is a plaque on the original school wall, which was retained, giving some history, about John Wesley having preached on this site.

The comedian Bob Hope lived for a time in Whitehall Road in his youth.

Churches[edit]

Local Churches include Crofts End Church, established in 1895 by George Brown, as a Christian mission for miner's children it became known as 'The Miner's Mission' or Crofts End Mission.[5] Still part of the local community and very much a family church its current Pastor is Andrew Yelland.

The Parish Church of St Ambrose has undergone some change in latter years, with its vicarage being demolished and replaced by a sheltered housing scheme for older people. The church hall was refurbished as part of this and is now The Beehive Centre with day-care facilities. The Almshouses were retained and are still in use.

Whitehall Chapel has been retained and restored, but no longer for church purposes. It is now in use as offices. The 48th Bristol Scout Group Headquarters adjacent to the site of an old garage was originally sited on the new housing site. When the garage was originally redeveloped and enlarged, the garage company paid for the Scout Group to have a new building built. The Saint Leonard's Scout Group merged with the 48th Bristol Scout Group and they then became the 32nd Bristol (1st Whitehall) Scout Group. The patron saint of Scouting is Saint George also, the name of an adjacent local district.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hope for Bristol's Elizabeth Shaw factory site transformation". Bristol Post. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Site and Context Analysis" (PDF). Generator South West. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Packer's Field". Packer's Field. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b Plaster, Andrew. "St. George". Bristol & Avon Family History Society. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  5. ^ Plaster, Andrew. "St. George". Bristol & Avon Family History Society. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  6. ^ "32nd Bristol (1st Whitehall) Scout Group". Scouts. Retrieved 12 December 2015.