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Bitton is a village and civil parish in South Gloucestershire, England, in the Greater Bristol area on the River Boyd.

It is in the far south of the South Gloucestershire district, near the border with Bath and North East Somerset. The parish of Bitton has a population of 9,307, and apart from the village itself, includes Swineford, Upton Cheyney, Beach, Oldland Common, North Common and part of Willsbridge.

Bitton is the birthplace of author Dick King Smith and actress Richenda Carey, home to artist Kate Ward and television presenter Noel Edmonds. The Grange, by St Mary's Church, was once the home of Jane, one of the wives of Henry VIII.


  • Governance 1
  • Transport 2
  • Sport 3
  • Notable people 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


An electoral ward with the same name exists. This ward does not cover as much of the outskirts of Bristol as the parish. The total population of the ward taken at the 2011 census is 3,509.[1]


The A431 road runs through the village. Beyond Bitton the road routes north-west to Willsbridge and south-east to Kelston. The heritage Avon Valley Railway terminates at Bitton railway station. The National Cycle Network Bristol & Bath Railway Path runs alongside the railway.


Bitton A.F.C. are the local football team. Their ground is immediately south of the A431, just west of the village.

Bitton Road Runners is a running club based in the east of Bristol which caters for all running abilities. Founded in 1986 to help people better enjoy the sport of running, it is a thriving club with over 300 members in both junior and senior sections.

Notable people

Canon Ellacombe, the inventor of Ellacombe apparatus, was active in the 1860s in the distribution of the robust, large, early-flowering snowdrop Galanthus nivalis 'Atkinsii' "that grew at the south wall in his garden in Bitton."[2]


Ellacombe, Rev. Henry Nicholson. History of the Manor of Bitton, 1869.

Ellacombe, Rev. Henry Nicholson. History of the Parish of Bitton, 1881.


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  2. ^ Page 65 of Stern F C, Snowdrops and Snowflakes – A study of the Genera Galanthus and Leucojum, The Royal Horticultural Society, 1956

External links

  • Parish Council website
  • Parish Church of St Mary's, Bitton
  • Website of Bitton Road Runners

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