- Southville, Bristol
infobox UK place
country = England
static_image_caption= Boundaries of the city council ward.
population = 10,098 [cite web | title=Southville | work=2001 Census Ward Information Sheet | url=http://www.bristol.gov.uk/WardFinder/pdfs/southville-wis.pdf | accessdate=2007-02-20]
region= South West England
constituency_westminster= Bristol South
postcode_district = BS3
Southville is an inner city suburb of
Bristol, Englandsituated on the south bank of the River Avon. It is one of the wards that forms the parish of Bedminster. Most of the houses were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries either for workers in the Bristol coal miningindustry or the tobaccofactories of W. D. & H. O. Wills, the eponymous “Wills Girls”. The world headquarters of Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth largest international tobacco company, is still situated in the ward. Southville was also a centre for the tanningindustry.
The northern ward boundary is as close as 150 metres from Floating Harbour. The area was bombed in the second world war, with a large number of streets losing one or more houses as Southville was the unintended target of the many short-falling bombs aimed at the dock facilities and traffic. The subsequent post-war rebuilding is noticeable on many streets, where the generic style of house building changes. Infilling of post-war damage is, perhaps surprisingly, still continuing. The recent house price boom has seen new builds on existing vacant sites and on bombed sites subsequently used for other activities such as pre-fabricated garages and car sales lots.
The area has been gentrified since the early 1980s, accompanying the national rise in house prices. It has been jokingly referred to as "Lower Clifton", a reference to a more prosperous area of the city. New bars and restaurants and the nationally renowned
Tobacco Factorytheatre attract visitors to the area, while the Southville Community Centre and Southville School have become the central features of a vibrant community atmosphere. There are many artists living in the area; during an annual [http://www.southbank-bristol.co.uk/ Art Trail] they open their houses to the public and show and sell their work.
Dame Emily Park, on the site of the old "Dean Lane" coal pithead (closed December 1906 ["Catalogue of plans of abandoned mines: Somerset. Published 1928."] [ [http://www.projects.ex.ac.uk/mhn/b_s_coal/collieries_a_to_f.htm Collieries A to F ] ] ), is celebrated for its popular
skateboardpark and the vivid graffiti, the latter regularly updated by a variety of artists on a weekly basis. Greville Smyth Park is the largest local park and is popular for sports, families and dog walkers. Bristol South swimming pool, a grade II listed building[cite web | title=Bristol South Baths and attached railings and gates | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=379494 | accessdate=2007-05-30] in the south of the park is currently undergoing a [http://www.viewfinder.public-i.tv/ consultation] into modernising its facilities. Southville Community Development Association (SCDA) is a local community-led organisation that supports many local projects and also runs the Southville Centre - a community centre, cafe, nursery, after school club and older peoples Monday club.
Politically, Southville ward has traditionally returned Labour councillors to Bristol City Council, though in May 2006 the Green Party candidate Charlie Bolton became the first Green Councillor in Bristol, through a narrow majority of seven votes. In May 2007 Sean Beynon was elected as the Labour Councillor for the second Southville seat with a majority of 6 votes.
Southville forms a part of the Bristol South Westminster parliamentary constituency, once held by
Tony Bennand currently represented by the Minister of Statefor Public Healthand former Paymaster General, Dawn Primarolo.
* [http://www.bristol.gov.uk/WardFinder/pdfs/southville-profile.pdf Bristol City Council Ward Profile]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/92/a8770692.shtml Wartime recollections of Southville]
* [http://www.ashtongate.bristol.sch.uk/ Ashton Gate Primary School]
* [http://www.southville.bristol.sch.uk/ Southville Primary School]
* [http://www.southvillecentre.org.uk/ The Southville Centre]
* [http://www.bristolsouthlabourparty.org.uk/ South Bristol Labour Party]
* [http://www.frogs.org.uk/ Friends of Greville Smyth Park]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Bristol City F.C. — Bristol City Voller Name Bristol City Football Club Gegründet 1897 Stadion Ashton Gate, Bristol Plätze 21.497 … Deutsch Wikipedia
Bristol City — Voller Name Bristol City Football Club Gegründet 1897 Stadion … Deutsch Wikipedia
Bristol City Football Club — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Bristol City Nombre completo Bristol City Football Club Apodo(s) The Robins Fundación 1897 … Wikipedia Español
Bristol — This article is about the British city. For other uses, see Bristol (disambiguation). Bristol Unitary, Ci … Wikipedia
Bristol city centre — Coordinates: 51°27′10″N 2°35′38″W / 51.45271°N 2.59394°W / 51.45271; 2.59394 … Wikipedia
Bristol City F.C. — Football club infobox clubname = Bristol City fullname = Bristol City Football Club nickname = The Robins founded = 1897 ground = Ashton Gate, Bristol capacity = 21,497 chairman = Steve Lansdown manager = flagicon|England Gary Johnson league =… … Wikipedia
Bristol South (UK Parliament constituency) — UK constituency infobox Name = Bristol South Map1 = BristolSouth Map2 = Avon Entity = Avon (county) Type = Borough County = Bristol Year = 1885 MP = Dawn Primarolo Party = Labour EP = South West England Bristol South is a constituency represented … Wikipedia
Economy of Bristol — Bristol is a city in south west England. Its economy has long connections with the sea and its ports. In the 20th century aeronautics played an important role in the economy, and the city still plays a role in the manufacture of aircraft. Bristol … Wikipedia
List of places in Bristol — The city of Bristol is divided up into many areas, which often overlap or have non fixed borders, causing confusion to some people. The main categories that these areas fall into are Parliamentary constituencies, council wards or neighbourhoods.… … Wikipedia
List of churches in Bristol — The English city of Bristol has a number of churches. The churches listed are Anglican except when otherwise noted. This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Name of Church Alternative Name(s) Built Location Notes Grade if listed… … Wikipedia