Hambrook


Hambrook

infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Hambrook
latitude= 51.5
longitude= -2.518
map_type= Bristol
civil_parish=
population =
unitary_england= Bristol
lieutenancy_england= Bristol
region= South West England
constituency_westminster=
post_town= BRISTOL
postcode_district = BS
postcode_area= BS
dial_code= 0117
os_grid_reference= ST641780

Hambrook is a village in South Gloucestershire, England, on the outskirts of the city of Bristol. It lies between the two larger communities of Winterbourne and Frenchay and is part of the Civil Parish of Winterbourne. Though Hambrook has become a commuter village with the M4 running through it, the village has retained a largely peaceful, semi-rural appearance despite its proximity to Bristol, to the large town of Bradley Stoke and to the shopping centre at Cribbs Causeway.

Hambrook is at the south-western foot of Winterbourne Hill. The village has woodlands and hilly fields leading down from Winterbourne. The village's most distinctive feature is its common (or village green) which locals refer to as 'Hambrook' or 'Whiteshill Common' given its closeness to the hamlet of Whiteshill. Site of the Civil Parish's war memorial and the village's primary school, with cosy cottages flanking it on either side and offering views of Winterbourne Hill, Hambrook Common makes a peaceful retreat. Cricket attracts a crowd here in the summer months.

Opposite the Common is Whiteshill Evangelical Church and just down Bristol Road lie the pub/restaurants of "The Hambrook", "The White Horse" and "The Crown". The Frome flows partly through Hambrook, though more exactly through the hamlet of Moorend, a mostly wooded area where families can enjoy walking their dogs etc. The Bradley Brook also flows through the village.

The Avon Ring Road acts as a barrier, dividing some of the village and abruptly ending the rural beauty. On the other side of the Ring Road, Hambrook meets its larger neighbour, Frenchay

A lane passing through the village, known as the Old Gloucester Road, is the original stage coach route to Gloucester.

It is also the name of a village close to Chichester in Sussex.

External links

* [http://www.winterbourne.freeuk.com Information on Winterbourne and its neighbouring communities]
* [http://www.whiteshill.com Whiteshill Evangelical Church]


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