Brislington

Brislington is an area in the south east of the city of Bristol, England. It is on the edge of Bristol and 10 miles (16 km) from Bath. The Froome, locally nowadays called the Brislington Brook, runs through the area in the woodlands of Nightingale Valley. Brislington houses the HTV West Studios on Bath Road and this is situated next to the historic Arnos Vale Cemetery which is undergoing restoration after a lengthy public and newspaper campaign.

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Brislington West and East wards shown within Bristol.
Brislington is located in Bristol
Brislington
Brislington
Location within Bristol
Population11,511 (2011.Wards)(East)[1]
10,636 (West)[2]
OS grid referenceST622704
Unitary authority
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRISTOL
Postcode districtBS4
Dialling code0117
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireAvon
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament

History

The parish of Brislington was historically part of the Keynsham Hundred in Somerset.[3]

Brislington is also near to the site of the now demolished chapel of St. Anne's-in-the Wood (actually in nearby St Anne's), erected by one of the Lords de la Warr, whose family held the manor of Brislington from the late 12th to the mid-16th century; in the 15th century the chapel was a place of pilgrimage, visited by Henry VII). After the chapel was demolished following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Thomas Amory built a house called "St. Ann's" at the site in the mid-17th century.[4] During the 18th and 19th century, Brislington contained many country homes due to its reputation as a picturesque country village. It was also a notable centre of the making of brightly coloured English delftware pottery.

Brislington House (now known as Long Fox Manor) was built as a private lunatic asylum for the insane. When it opened in 1806 it was one of England's first purpose built asylums.[5][6][7] The Palladian fronted building was originally seven separate blocks into which patients were allocated depending on their class. The buildings, estate and therapeutic regime designed by Edward Long Fox was based on the principles of moral treatment which was fashionable at the time. Brislington House later influenced the design and construction of other asylums and influenced Act of parliament. The house and ancillary structures are listed buildings which have now been converted into private residences. The original grounds are Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England and now include St. Brendan's Sixth Form College, sports pitches and some farmland. They are now included on the Heritage at Risk register.

In 1866 Brislington became a civil parish. By the early 20th century it was encompassed by Bristol, and much urban housing and industry developed. In 1933, the civil parish was abolished and absorbed into Bristol.[8]

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United Reformed Church

Churches in Brislington include St Lukes (which dates from the 15th century) and includes a bell dating from 1766 and made by Thomas Bilbie of the Bilbie family,[9] St Cuthberts, Carmel Christian Centre, St Christophers and the United Reformed Church.

The Bristol and North Somerset Railway (later the Great Western Railway) had a station at Brislington, which linked the city with the towns of the Somerset coalfield. The line opened in 1873 and was closed to passenger traffic in 1959, with freight services withdrawn in the mid 1960s.

In the early 21st century, Brislington's paint works was converted to studios, offices and houses, home to arts and media organisations.

Brislington Hill
A view east up Brislington Hill in Bristol

Education

Dish commemorating William III, c. 1689-1702, Brislington (near Bristol), tin-glazed earthenware - Gardiner Museum, Toronto - DSC01269
Dish commemorating William III, c. 1689-1702, Brislington, tin-glazed earthenware (English delftware)

The area is home to CLC@Brislington, one of Bristol's three City Learning Centres, which use information communication technology in teaching and learning.

Schools in Brislington include St. Brendan's Sixth Form College, Holymead Junior School, Broomhill Junior and Infant School, West Town Lane Primary School, and Oasis Academy Brislington, a local secondary school.

Sport and leisure

Brislington has a Non-League football club Brislington F.C. who play at Ironmould Lane and a rugby union club, Old Redcliffians who play in National League 3 South West, a fifth level league in the English rugby union system.

References

  1. ^ "Brislington East" (PDF). 2001 Census Ward Information Sheet. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2007.
  2. ^ "Brislington West" (PDF). 2001 Census Ward Information Sheet. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  4. ^ Gertrude Euphemia Meredith, The descendants of Hugh Amory: 1605–1805, 1901p. 14.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Brislington House (1001529)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Therapeutic theories of segregation and classification". National Archives. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Brislington House, Bath Road, Bristol". Heritage Explorer. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  8. ^ Vision of Britain: Brislington CP
  9. ^ Moore, James; Roy Rice; Ernest Hucker (1995). Bilbie and the Chew Valley clock makers. The authors. ISBN 0-9526702-0-8.

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1994–95 Western Football League

The 1994–95 season was the 93rd in the history of the Western Football League.

The league champions for the second time in their history (and the second season running) were Tiverton Town. The champions of Division One were Brislington.

1997 Bristol City Council election

Elections to Bristol City Council were held on 1 May 1997.

1999 Bristol City Council election

The 1999 Bristol City Council election took place on 6 May 1999, on the same day as other local elections. All seats were up for election due to boundary changes, with each ward electing 2 councillors. The total number of seats on the council increased by 2 due to the creation of a new ward: Clifton East.Despite losing seats to both the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, the Labour Party maintained control of the council with a slim overall majority.

2002 Bristol City Council election

The 2002 Bristol City Council election took place on 2 May 2002, on the same day as other local elections. Despite suffering some losses, the Labour Party managed to retain a slim majority.

2003 Bristol City Council election

The 2003 Bristol City Council election took place on 1 May 2003, on the same day as other local elections in the UK. The Labour Party made a number of losses, mainly to the Liberal Democrats, and lost overall control of the council. Loses included Council leader Diane Bunyan, who lost her Windmill Hill seat to the Liberal Democrats. This year also saw elections contested by the new Bristolian Party, founded by the local 'scandal sheet' The Bristolian, though they failed to win any seats.

2006 Bristol City Council election

The 2006 Bristol City Council election took place on 4 May 2006, on the same day as other local elections. The Labour Party continued to lose seats, but the Liberal Democrats failed to gain enough to form an overall majority. This election saw the first election of a Green Councillor to Bristol City Council – the first time four parties had been represented since the Council’s creation.

2007 Bristol City Council election

The 2007 Bristol City Council election took place on 3 May 2007, on the same day as other local elections. The Liberal Democrats lost 2 seats to Labour, but remained the largest party on the Council. No party gained overall control.

2011 Bristol City Council election

The 2011 Bristol City Council elections were held on Thursday 5 May 2011, for 24 seats, that being one third of the total number of councillors. The Liberal Democrats, who had won overall control of the council in 2009 and increased their majority in 2010, experienced a drop in support and lost 5 seats; 4 to the Labour Party and 1 to the Green Party, which gained its second ever council seat in Bristol. This meant that the Lib Dems no longer had a majority on the council. However, they continued to run the council, relying on opposition groups to vote through any proposal.

2014 Bristol City Council election

The 2014 Bristol City Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Bristol City Council in England, as part of the United Kingdom 2014 Local Elections.214,544 people were eligible to vote in the elections, of which 58,907 turned out to do so. Consequently, overall turnout was 27.5%.

2015 Bristol City Council election

The 2015 Bristol City Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Bristol City Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

In March 2015, the only Independent Councillor on Bristol City Council joined the Conservatives. This meant that the Conservatives increased their number of seats from the previous Council despite making no gains in the May election.

Brislington East (ward)

Brislington East is a council ward of the city of Bristol, in the United Kingdom.

The ward covers the eastern part of Brislington and the areas of Bristol known as Broomhill and St Annes Park.

Brislington F.C.

Brislington Football Club is a football club based in Brislington, in Bristol, England. Nicknamed "Briz", they are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at Ironmould Lane.

Brislington House

Brislington House (now known as Long Fox Manor) was built as a private lunatic asylum. When it opened in 1806 it was one of the first purpose-built asylums in England. It is situated on the Bath Road in Brislington, Bristol, although parts of the grounds cross the city boundary into the parish of Keynsham in Bath and North East Somerset.

The Palladian-fronted building was originally seven separate blocks into which patients were allocated depending on their class. The buildings, estate and therapeutic regime designed by Edward Long Fox were based on the principles of moral treatment that was fashionable at the time. Brislington House later influenced the design and construction of other asylums and influenced Acts of Parliament.

The house and ancillary structures are listed buildings that have now been converted into private residences. The original grounds are Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England and now include St. Brendan's Sixth Form College, sports pitches and some farmland. They are now included on the Heritage at Risk register.

Brislington West (ward)

Brislington West is a council ward of the city of Bristol, England. It covers the western part of Brislington, Arnos Vale, Kensington Park and St Anne's.

Brislington railway station

Brislington railway station was a railway station in Brislington, a suburb of Bristol, England.

The station on the Bristol and North Somerset Railway opened in 1873. It closed to passengers in 1959 and to goods traffic in 1963. The site is off Talbot Road, close to the junction with the A4 Bath Road, and is used as a scrap metal yard. Parts of the platforms remain in place, although no buildings survive.

Ironmould Lane, Bristol

Ironmould Lane is a cricket ground in Bristol. The first recorded match on the ground was in 1894, when Brislington played Peasedown St John. In 1969 the ground held its first List-A match when Somerset played Surrey in the Player's County League. The following season the ground held its final List-A match when Somerset played Derbyshire in the John Player League.Still in use to this day, the ground is the home venue of Brislington Cricket Club.

Oasis Academy Brislington

Oasis Academy Brislington is a mixed gender secondary school with academy status, located in the Brislington West area of Bristol, England.

St. Brendan's Sixth Form College

St Brendan's is a state funded Sixth Form College located in Brislington, Bristol, England. Over 1700 students study A-levels, BTECs & GCSEs on one purpose built, university style campus. Michael Jaffrain was appointed as Principal in 2012.

St Luke's Church, Brislington

The Parish Church of St Luke The Evangelist (grid reference ST621708) Church Parade, Brislington area of Bristol, England.

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