Redland, Bristol

Redland, Bristol

infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Redland

static_image_caption= Boundaries of the city council ward.
population= 10,841 []
unitary_england= Bristol
region= South West England
constituency_westminster= Bristol West
post_town= BRISTOL
postcode_district = BS6
postcode_area= BS
dial_code= 0117
os_grid_reference= ST582750

Redland is an affluent inner suburb and parish in Bristol, England. The suburb is situated between Clifton, Cotham and Bishopston, and is within the County of Bristol and the Bristol West Parliamentary constituency.

Redland is known as a popular student accommodation area, particularly with second and third year students from the city's universities. The Severn Beach Line passes through the area, stopping at Redland railway station.


The suburb is known for its Georgian parish church Redland Chapel, which was built, probably by John Strahan with plasterwork by Thomas Paty, in 1742 as a private chapel for the local manor house, Redland Court, though it was not consecrated until 1790. It eventually became the parish church when the parish of Redland was separated from Westbury-on-Trym in 1942 and, unusually, has no dedication to a patron saint. It is a Grade I listed building. [cite web | title=Redland Chapel | work=Images of England | url= | accessdate=2006-07-09] The Swedenborgian church in nearby Cranbrook Road was erected in 1899 and is still in use. The congregation was formed in 1791 and had a church in Terrel Street. The present gothic church was designed by a Mr Paul of Wells Road and was intended to be a lecture hall alongside a larger church that was never built. Neil Marchant wrote a book ' Like A River Flowing' which can be obtained at the church which covers the history of this church.Trinity URC church closed recently and has been converted into houses. The church began in the recently demolished church hall of 1901 which was demolished for the car park. The main church was built in 1907 to the designs of Phillip Munro in a very Scottish kind of gothic.


Redland is home to the Redland High School which takes girls through their secondary years. It also houses the new flagship Redland Green School which is a secondary school near to the Redland Green, hence its name.

Other listed buildings

The architecture of the buildings is generally Georgian but with some Victorian buildings and a small number of mid-twentieth century ones.

Redland Court, which is now Redland High School, was built between 1732 and 1735 by John and Martha Cossins or John Strachan, for John Cossins, on the site of an Elizabethan House which previously stood on the same site. It is grade II* listed, [cite web | title=Redland Court | work=Images of England | url= | accessdate=2006-07-09] as are the piers and gates at the main entrance, [cite web | title=Piers and Gates at Redland Court | work=Images of England | url= | accessdate=2006-07-09] the perimeter wall, piers and gates to Redland Chapel churchyard [cite web | title=perimeter wall, piers and gates to Redland Chapel churchyard | work=Images of England | url= | accessdate=2006-07-09] and the West gateway and attached garden wall and balustrade. [cite web | title=West gateway and attached garden wall and balustrade | work=Images of England | url= | accessdate=2006-07-09]

The nearby St Ursula's High School in Henleaze dates from the mid 19th century and is grade II listed, [cite web | title=St Ursula's High School | work=Images of England | url= | accessdate=2006-07-09] with at least twenty indivudual houses in Redland having grade II or II* listing.

Local events

At the start of every May a fête is held on Redland Green. This is called the "Redland Fair", the "Redland May Fair", or simply "the may fair", and takes place on the May Day bank holiday. This is commonly regarded in Bristol as the best fair to go to on the May Day bank holiday.


External links

* [ Map of Redland circa 1900]

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