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Stockwood, Bristol

Coordinates: 51°24′53″N 2°32′28″W / 51.4147°N 2.5410°W / 51.4147; -2.5410

Stockwood

Boundaries of the city council ward.
Population 10,932 [1]
OS grid reference ST624685
Unitary authority Bristol
Ceremonial county Bristol
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS14
Dialling code 01275
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Bristol East
List of places
UK
England
Bristol
not to be confused with Stockwood, Dorset

Stockwood is a residential area and council ward in south Bristol, between Whitchurch and Brislington, and just to the north of the Somerset town of Keynsham. With a population of about 10,000

It is served by bus routes, 54, 54A, 57 and A4. All into the city.

Geography

There are three public houses located in Stockwood. The Concorde on Stockwood Lane, The Man in Space on Pynne Road/Cottle Road, and The Harvesters on Harrington Road. A fourth, the Antelope, was redeveloped to make way for flats. Geographically, it forms an outermost southern suburb of the city with much green space; the upper part of Stockwood is set on a plateau surrounded by pasture and the lower part a wooded valley, bordered to its west by the old Bristol to Radstock rail line which is now a cycle way.

The upper estate was built in the 1960s as private housing, together with sheltered elderly accommodation. There are two churches on this upper area: Stockwood Free Church (Baptist) and Christ the Servant (Anglican). There is a public library, clinic, dentistry practice, vet, optician and pharmacies at the upper shops, together with several different fast-food outlets. On a green-space ridge in front of the pantile style shopping-precinct there is an good view of the city and events such as the Bristol balloon-fiesta. Below this green space the rest of Stockwood consists of an earlier estate of previous council housing set on the sides of a steep valley.

Sport

The area is astride two nearby golf courses Stockwood Vale and Knowle clubs. There are stables and horseriding as well as the nearby Horse World. There is indoor bowls and other social activities at the Anglican Church. There are two community centres.

Youth

There are local Scout and Guides and a Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade. There are three primary schools serving the area as well as nurseries.

Stockwood Open Space

Stockwood Open Space is a Local Nature Reserve.[2][3] It is an expanse of old farmland and ancient woodland providing a blend of old meadows, thick hedges and woodlands on lime-rich clay soils. It is owned by Bristol City Council and managed as a nature reserve in partnership with the Avon Wildlife Trust. Cowslip, Dyer's greenweed, Common spotted orchids and bird's-foot trefoil are amongst the flowers to be found, and numerous butterflies include Meadow Brown, Marbled White and Large Skipper. The wood known as Ilsyngrove is very old and the home of bluebell, yellow archangel and the rare Bath asparagus. Birds including Whitethroats, Kestrels and Sparrowhawks are often seen. Two farm ponds are homes for frogs, toads and newts.[4]

References

External links

  • Stockwood Ward Profile 2005
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