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Almondsbury

Almondsbury

Part of Almondsbury from The Tump. The spire is Saint Mary the Virgin church.
Almondsbury is located in Gloucestershire
Almondsbury
 Almondsbury shown within Gloucestershire
Population 4,705 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference
Civil parish Almondsbury
Unitary authority South Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS32
Dialling code 01454
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Filton and Bradley Stoke
List of places
UK
England
Gloucestershire

Almondsbury is a large village and civil parish near junction 16 of the M5 motorway, in South Gloucestershire, England.

Contents

  • Governance 1
  • Description 2
  • Amenities 3
    • Sport and leisure 3.1
    • Education 3.2
  • Notable residents 4
  • Civil parish 5
  • Notes and references 6
  • External links 7

Governance

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward starts in the north east near Almondsbury and then stretches south west to end near Bristol. The total population of the ward is similar to that of the parish.

Description

The village is split by a steep hill, part of the escarpment overlooking the Severn floodplain. At the bottom of the hill is Lower Almondsbury where a pub and hotel, The Bowl Inn, is situated. South Wales, the Forest of Dean, the River Severn and both Severn Bridges are visible from the higher parts of the village.

The Bowl Inn

The pub takes its name from the bowl shape of the land surrounding the estuary. Parts of this whitewashed-stone inn were originally the three cottages erected in 1146 to house the monks building the adjacent church of St Mary the Virgin. The present building became a licensed inn in 1550.[2]

St Mary's Parish church

Also at the bottom of the hill is the local church, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin.

The church and tower were built in 1140 AD. The lead-covered spire was added some time before 1619.

In 1817, a woman purporting to be Princess Caraboo was found in the town, in what was to become one of the more elaborate deceptions of the period.[3]

Amenities

Another pub, The Swan Inn, is located on the A38, in the upper part of the village, almost opposite an open space known as Almondsbury Tump.

In March 2009 a community shop was opened in the village by the not-for-profit Almondsbury Community Services Association (ACSA), situated opposite the Old School Hall at 14 Church Road. The community shop is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers. The aim of the project goes beyond a village shop, being a service for the village, to support local suppliers wherever possible, and to be another focal point where people in the village can meet. A proportion of the surplus generated by the shop is returned to community projects and organisations in the village. The main manager of the shop is Alun Evans.

The village also has a motorway police station, a garden centre, and a restaurant/pub .

Sport and leisure

Almondsbury has two Non-League football clubs Almondsbury Town A.F.C. who play at The Field and Almondsbury F.C. who play at Scott Park.

Other sporting facilities include a cricket pitch and a rugby pitch(NBRFC). Almondsbury Tennis Club [2] is on the same site.

Education

Education is provided by Almondsbury Church of England Primary School. This is a state maintained school. The Ofsted report, dated April 2009, rated the school as good (outstanding in places). For secondary education Almondsbury is served by Patchway Community College.

Notable residents

Almondsbury is the birthplace of Alex Kapranos, the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand.[4]

Civil parish

The civil parish of Almondsbury is much larger than the village. It includes the villages of Hortham, Over, Easter Compton, Compton Greenfield, Catbrain and Hallen. It also includes Cribbs Causeway and the site of the village of Charlton, now the western end of Filton Airfield.

When it was originally created in 1866 the civil parish also included Patchway, but not Easter Compton, Compton Greenfield, Hallen, Cribbs Causeway or Charlton, all of which were transferred from the parish of Henbury in 1935. The parish of Patchway was separated from Almondsbury in 1953.[5]

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 18 March 2015". 
  2. ^ "About Us". The Bowl Inn. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Dictionary of National Biography.  
  4. ^ IMDB.
  5. ^ Vision of Britain website

External links

  • Almondsbury Church
  • Almondsbury Community Services Organisation
  • Almondsbury Parish Council website
  • Almondsbury Shop Website
  • Almondsbury in the Domesday Book
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