Stoke Bishop, Bristol

Stoke Bishop, Bristol

infobox UK place

country = England
official_name= Stoke Bishop
latitude= 51.4804
longitude= -2.6299
map_type= nomap

static_image_caption= Boundaries of the city council ward.
population = 9,660 [cite web | title=Stoke Bishop | work=2001 Census Ward Information Sheet | url= | accessdate=2007-02-21]
unitary_england= Bristol
region= South West England

constituency_westminster= Bristol North West
post_town= BRISTOL
postcode_district = BS9
postcode_area= BS
dial_code= 0117
os_grid_reference= ST563759

Stoke Bishop is a very affluent and medium-sized outer city suburb in the north-west of Bristol, located in between Westbury-on-Trym, Sneyd Park, and Sea Mills, Bristol. Although relatively small, Stoke Bishop's population has increased due to substantial infilling on the sports ground known as the "Smelting Works" due to its previous use and "The Grove" which used to belong to Clifton High school. The population of Stoke Bishop varies throughout the year because of the influx of students to the large campus of halls of residence situated on the edge of the suburb and Durdham Down during university term time.

The suburb is concentrated around a small village hall and a row of shops on Druid Hill, with a number of small local businesses.

Within Stoke Bishop there are three churches including St Mary Magdalene (CofE) and a Baptist Church; one primary school, Stoke Bishop Primary, also known as Cedar Park; and a village hall, which is used for a variety of activities from dog training to Karate. There also remains one playing field, Stoke Lodge, mainly used by local schools for athletics, football, and cricket.

Stoke Bishop Cricket Club play at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex. The cricket club has two senior men's XIs: in 2007, the 1st XI will play in the Bristol & District League Division 2, while the 2nd XI will play in the Bristol & District League Division 3. The club also boasts a thriving junior section comprising of U9, U11, U13 and U15 teams.Next to Cedar Park Primary school is Bristol Croquet Club, which has had many influential international members.

The small port of Abona at the mouth of the River Trym was used by the Roman military forces passing in transit to Roman settlements in what is now South Wales. There are ruins of a small Roman Villa at the entrance to Roman Way from the Portway. The Roman legionaries had a transit camp on what were the grounds of Nazareth House (a Roman Catholic Orphanage) near that villa. Bombs fell in Roman Way during the Second World War, destroying one house completely.


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