0211…Local History Database

owlA History of STOKE GIFFORD & Nearby Parishes
Edited by Adrian Kerton


           Local History Database Compiled by Dave Baker


Building —– Occupants
Grange Cottage Williams
Grange Cottage Victor
The Bungalows Knotts
The Bungalows Paige
The Bungalows Pete the scrapman
Peartree House Mrs Morgan
Peartree House Williams (no 2)
Woodlands Armstrong
Poplar Farm Mrs Thomas
Brotherswood Farm Hubert Stevens
Brotherswood Farm John Radcliffe
Brotherswood Farm MacWaters
Cottage tied to Brotherswood Farm Williams (no 3)
Cottage tied to Brotherswood Farm Billy Hicks
Cottage tied to Brotherswood Farm Ivy Hicks
Jasmin Cottage Bill Foot
Jasmin Cottage Tony Foot
Moorcrafts Retreat Mrs Moorcroft
Moorcrafts Retreat ? Moorcroft
Moorcrafts Retreat ? Moorcroft
Woodlands Grange David Smith junior
Baileys Court Farm Various Purseys
Baileys Court Farm The Pursey family
Webbs Farm W and D Webb
Webbs Farm Daniel Webb
Watch Elm Farm John and Thomas Sherbourne
Webbs Farm Thomas Webb
Bowsland farm Mr Cheryl
Woodlands Mr England (Owner)
Woodlands Tony and Joyce Butcher
Ada’s Cottage Mr and Mrs Bennett
Woodlands Grange David Smith
Ada’s Cottage Mrs Ada Lippiat
Grange Cottage Caineys
Ada’s Cottage Mr Ernest Lippiat

The Black Sheep Aztec West Now a Pub used to be a Farm
Woodlands Grange Woodlands Lane Now Offices used to be a farm
Grange Cottage Woodlands Lane Replaced by apartment block
The Bungalows Woodlands Lane Replaced by housing
Peartree House Woodlands Lane Replaced by the Orchard pub
Poplar Farm Woodlands Replaced by the Orange transmission mast
Brotherswood Farm Woodlands Replaced by office blocks
Jasmin Cottage Woodlands Tied to Brotherswood Farm. Turned into offices
Hope Farm Woodlands Replaced by offices
Moorcrafts Retreat Woodlands Recently replaced by Offices (2004/005?)
The Villas Trench Lane Once owned by the Almondsbury Church Charities as almshouses. Extensively modified
Bowsland Farm Bowsland Farm Replaced by housing but part of the garden remains.
Unknown at this point in time Woodlands Tied to Brotherswood Farm
Primrose Cottage Bowsland Farm Lane There was a second cottage backing onto Primrose Cottage once used as a bakery
Court Farm Patchway Common East Another name for Patchway farm
Manor Farm Patchway Common East Is this also Patchway Farm? This name appears on the 1994 OS map
Weaver’s Farm Patchway Common East Another name for Patchway farm
Patchway Farm Patchway Common East This is the name that appears on the 1838 parish map
Webbs Farm Off Sherbourne Avenue Earlier called Woodhouse Farm (see 1838 Parish map)
Woodhouse Farm Off Sherbourne Avenue Changed to Webbs Farm some time after 1838
Baileys Court Farm Off Baileys Court Road Now a public house
Watch Elm Farm On Gypsy Patch Lane Now gone
Woodlands Woodlands Georgian House replaced by industrial units. Bought in 1985 as two apartments with the ground floor being derelict
Ada’s Cottage Woodlands Lane 2 cottages (once three) on the corner of Woodlands Lane and Great
Southview Bowsland Lane On a map of 1981 a building is shown north of Primrose Cottage
Knightswood Farm On the Winterbourne Rd

The body of a British Celt is buried near Tescos
Roman style villas are built at Baileys Court and Brook Way
The Saxon Way is in existence
Stoke Gifford mentioned in Domesday Book Stoke Gifford was owned by first the Gifford family, then the Berkeleys then the Beauforts
Winterbourne mentioned in the Domesday Book
Almondsbury Church built
The hamlets of Woodlands Green and Patchway are mentioned on local records
Medieval settlements at Bradley Stoke Way
The Watch Elm blows down The Watch Elm stood on the boundary between Stoke Gifford and Almondsbury parishes and was used in the ceremony of Beating the Bounds
Woodlands Grange built By Mr Wilkins
David Smith buys the Grange Sells the Grange in the 1960’s
Patchway Parish created Prior to this Patchway formed part of Almondsbury parish
An RA Anti Aircraft base is established in Woodlands Lane. In 1943 it is converted to an American base which lasts until 1945 This is the subject of some debate. It is believed the American base was a transit camp only.
The Davis family sells Little Stoke Farm The farm was the largest in BS with the house dating from Tudor times
The first houses in BS are occupied The Crunnis
Bradley Stoke Parish created Bradley Stoke was formed from sections of Almondsbury, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne parishes
No Park and Ride Here Please Bristol Park and Ride at Stakis site rejected
New Town Row Over ‘Illegal’ Church Hall Avon CC want to force Holy Trinity Church to remove a temporary building to make way for school playing fields. The building was used as a church until the permanent building was finished
Drink to the link Special mugs have been produced to celebrate BS twinning with Champs-sur-Marne. Town Clerk David Chandler said the mus were very nicely produced.
New Play Area wins backing Plans to build a new play area at Baileys Court have been backed by Northavon District Council
Last Ditch Residents of BS hold a meeting to decide on plans to stop travellers using Webbs Wood Road and BS Way
Campaign under way against new school BS residents form a group CAFÉ to appose Oak Hill School
Travellers Booted Off New Town Campsite travellers have been cleared from Webbs Wood road. The grass verge was dug up to deter others
Fishing Clubs Angle for Use of New Lake Angling clubs vie for the right to fish at the new BS reserve lake
Avon to fight bid for new school Avon education chiefs appose a new Christian grant maintained school in BS on a site off Bradley Stoke Way earmarked for a new secondary school some time in the future
Festival is in jeopardy BS festival for 1995 plunged into doubt due to lack of help from local inhabitants says BS Community Associatin chairperson Penny Bidder
BS Town Council oppose Filton Airport Cllr Bill Roberts presented the BS objection
School Trustees hit out over ‘breaches’ Trustees of the proposed Christian based school in BS are to make a formal complaint about Avon CC alleging breaches of the code of guidance
Councillers liable for costs in ‘campaign’ claims BS TC has been reported by Avon CC for ‘campaigning’ for Oak Hill School by spending money on a newsletter supporting the school.
Tackling Town’s urgent leisure needs Leisure chiefs meet over plans for BS new sports centre on disctrict owned land opposite Tescos
Kwik Increase Kwiksave granted planning permission for a store at the junction of Brook Way and BS Way.
Rush for place at new primary Parents are queueing up to send children to A new 1.1million pund primary school on Bowsland Way
Rush for place at new primary At this time (10/10/94) there is only one primary scjool in BS – Holy Trinity
New Town in plea for extra school BS may soon have three primary schools if Avon CC request for a new school at Baileys Court is granted
Fitness Club’s fine new shape The extension of the Stakis Leisure Club is almost complete at a cost of £180,000
Police in drive to beat youth crime Police are hoping a new incentive scheme, ‘Wheels’, will keep youngsters of the streets of BS by giving the a hobby or interest.
Lifeline for Blue Building It is proposed that the buidling currently situated at Holy Trinity snd due for demolition may be moved to the cnetre of the town to be used as a library
Dispute School plans revealed The Oak Hill School plans for a school of 500 secondary and 175 primary students is published
New County Primary School Avon CC is to establish a new primary school at Bowsland Way to open Sep 95
Opening Door The Northavon Sports and Ssocial Club in Baileys Court Rd is to open its doors to local people six nights weekObserver
Protests over bid for home Plans to convert a family house in Cooks Close into an Old Folks Home have caused an outcry
A Close Call Plans to name a new road in BS Silverborrk Close have been rejected as too similar to nearby Silverbirch CLose. Named Garret Drive instead
Rush for new school Interest in a new independent school, Oak Hill is high. The school is due to open in 1997.
Civic re-think on take-over BS coludrethink its objections to being taken over by Bristol following Northavon’s lack of investment.
Play area boost Nine new play areas are planned in BS.
Café boost for twin town bid BS is keen to link with Champs-sur-Marne. A monthly meeting on all things french, the ‘Café Francais’ is to be set up.
D-Day in £3m Civic Row The long running row between Almondsbury and BS over a share of money generated from sale of land should be settled by Dec. BS is demanding money from Almondbury because more than half the population of Almondsbury was transferred inot BS care.
Fury at Hippies’ camp site mess There are now about 20 caravans etc. on Webbs Wood Rd. BS has to wait for the landowners to take action
Not Generous Letter from Bill Roberts (BSTC) staing BS has one childrens play area to serve 1200 children, an overpriced community centre and one Bowls & Cricket club.
Gipsys leave illegal camp travellers evicted from the BS Festival Brook Way site
Keep an eye on your kids reports of young people causing damage the the community centre and the Northavan Sports and social club are common place. Unruly youngsters will be reported to their parents
Leisure Club The Staikis complex is threatened with demolition to make way for a Parke and Ride
Lightning bolts damage homes Lightning bolts wreck a house in Oxenleaze and set fire to another nearby
Tennis centre bid lined up The LTA is to look at a site near Savages Wood for a Avon centre of excellence in partnership with a local authority or private backer
Accident feared outside school BSTC recommend rejected plans for a new school because of fears of accidents outside the school
Planning submissions Avon CC – school at Bowsland Way, Knightwood Christian Charitable Trust – temporary building Baileys Court, 5 free standing signs at great Park Rd
New £1 million pub to open A new pub, the Bradley Stoke, built by Ansells will open in December
Go-ahead for new store bid Kwik Save is to build a new 10000 sq ft convenience store at the junction of Brook Way and Bradley Stoke Way creating around 40 jobs
Proposals for a new grant maintained school Copy of the proposals for the new Oak Hill School in BS
People power for leisure BSTC have sent out questionaires asking residents what ports a future leisure centre should cater for. The centre is to be built on land opposite Tescos’s
Elderly home fears quashed (se CC26) Northavon CC have decided there is no need for permission to convert a house to take care of an elderly relative
Sex for sale in Foxfield Avenue A copule ran a sex-for-sale business from their house. Punters were charged £60 a time
Lottery cash bid on youth club BS councillers are hoping to get lottery grant for a new £300000 youth club in the community hut on Savages Road
No suprises in the naming of the leisure centre Northavon DC has unveiled the name for the new BS leisure centre – ‘the Bradley Stoke Leisure centre’
Chance to name town’s lake BS residents have been invited to come up with a name for the new lake at Webbs Wood opened in July 1995
Second town school moves a step closer Plans for the Bowsland Way primary school go before Northavon DC . BSTS have worries about vehicular access
Learning Lessons from BS Developers of Emersons Green will learn lessons from the problems of BS
School crisis fears for town Education Secretary refused proposals for the Oak Hill school development
Planning submissions Orange submission for a 45 metre high telecoms mast at Poplar farm
Twinning ceremony with Champs-sur-Marne due in 1996
School opened Bowsland Green School in Ellicks Lane opened
Check it out There are plans for a temporary library on the district centre site.
Sports centre start is due building work on the new £2 million leisure centre is due to start in April 95 and it couls be up and runnig by March 96.
2nd Phase A 2nd phase for the leisure centre will include a 300 seat theatre and an Arts Centre
The way we’ll go shopping Article on the proposed district centre, to include four large shops and 15 smaller units plus restaurant and an office building
Community association cry for help The BS Community Asscn is to close unless enough helpers come forwards
The way forward Avon’s Rapid Transit Network’s first connection is to be BS. If they can find a site. The Stakis site was proposed and rejected
Threat to School Plans The proposed site of Baileys Court Primary School may not be suitable because of a sewage pipe that runs under the site
Bones are that of a young child A murder investigation has been lauinched after the bones of a young child were dug up on waste ground near Woodlands Golf Club
Library cash call BSTC have been asked to pay half the cost of a temporary library (£21000)
Tram Park Site may cost £5 million Taxpayers would have to pay £5 – £20 million to the hotel company if a park and ride scheme is built on the Stakis site
Fun pool plea for young people BSTC want a leisure pool with chutes etc. not just a simple pool after Northavon DC gives the go-ahead for a £2 M leisure centre
Trapped by home loan nightmare Hundreds of families in BS find themselves burdened with negative equity
£1m payout in parish battle BS has won more that £1m from Britain’s richest parish council (Almondsbury). The sum arose from the sale of allotment land.
Hopes rise on mobile youth club Youngsters in BS are to get a youth club on a bus at a cost of £3000
Off the Rails The future of the Bristol Rapid Transport System is in doubt after developers to refuse to free up land in Webbs Wood Road.
Good sports at new town Front elevation of the new leisure BS centre using buff bricks with red brick features shallow roof and sky blue window frames. The layout includes a 200 space car park.
Police swoop on teenage hangouts Police picked up over 30 teenagers last week as part of operation Foster
Sporting Boost Councillors are to spend £2500 on a survey to turn two sites off Brook Way into playing fields
Autumn opening date fro library The BS temporary town library may be open by Oct 95. BS will now contribute £6300 instead of £21000
Row over sports site A misunderstanding over the fate of a pond has led to a row over a new sports site at Baileys Court
Park and ride row on sports field Almondsbury PC are objecting to a sports field being turned into a Park & Ride following the rejection of the Stakis site
Vandals force GP into quit dilemma BS only surgery may close after attacks by gangs of teenage vandals
major cash boost for new centre Northavon DC has been given£350,000 by the lottery to go towards the development of te BS leisure centre
The £1m Super Creche An American company is th build a £1m Kindercare nursery on Brook Way
Cemetery plan will be fought to bitter end Plans to use open use land for a BS cemetery is meeting fierce oppositions.
Outrage as N reg travellers move in Upmarket travellers move onto the Greenway Walkway (off BS Way)
Casting for wider role at lake BS town Councillors are hoping to take over the management of the 2.5 acre lake in BS which is popular with anglers
Town’s 2nd store opens Kwiksave open a 12,500 ft store in Brook Way. It will become part of a 6.5 acre shopping complex. Developers Bride Hall and Scottish Amicable wish to create a covered mall and piazza on land next to Tesco’s
Council to drop school support BS TC is to drop support for Oak Hill school following local government re-organisation. They will back SG bids for a new school
Bridge far too costly Plans for a footbridge to connect the district shopping centre with the new leisure centre have been dropped as too costly. A pelican crossing is to be installed instead
Mystery fire at new leisure site Firefighters were called to a fire at th enew BS Leisure centre and took an hour to get it under control. The cause of the fire is a mystery
Fury over gift cash diversion BS Councillors are furious after Avon cc divert funds donated by developers for a new Leisurewear Centre to pay for a new road at Winterbourne
We’d prefer a police station A police station will not be built in BS in the near future because there are no funds available
RAC pulls in the crowd The RAC tower, opened Nov 94 is an international tourist attraction
Victory for nature campaign Conservationists have won a campaign to have Common East declared a Community Nature Area after five years of conservation work and persuading developers to restore the Manor Farm pond
Town loses school bid The Secretary of State has rejected the plans for Oak Hill school on the grounds there is no demand for extra school places in the area
£750000 shock on Sport HQ The crisis hit BS Leisure Centre could cost the TC an extra £750000. Development stopped in Feb when the developers Glyptowest went bust.
New Town – New Books The £50,000 BS library on Savages Wood road is opened

Road Name Source of Name
Apseleys Mead Field Name north of the M4
Ash Ridge Road Field North of path of the M5
Baileys Court Baileys Court Farm
Baileys Court Road Baileys Court Farm
Bakers Ground Field in Stoke Gifford
Balmoral Close Balmoral is the sovereigns Scottish home
Barn Owl Way
Bay Tree Close
Beaufort Crescent The Dukes of Beaufort were lords of the Stoke Gifford Manor and owned most of the parish until 1915
Berkeleys Mead Berkeleys a field near Baileys Court farm
Birch Close Roads in this section of Patchway are named after trees
Boursland Close Alternative spelling of Bowsland Farm
Bowsland Court Bowsland Farm
Bowsland Lane Bowsland Farm
Bowsland Way Bowsland Farm
Bradley Stoke Way The Bradley Brook
Brake Close Possibly after Sherbournes Brake a wood nearby
Breaches Gate Field near Stoke Gifford
Brighton Road Brighten is a town in Sussex
Broad Croft Field In Almondsbury north of Hempton
Brook Way After Stoke Brook which crosses Brook Way
Bullens Close A small collection of fields adjacent to Woodlands Lane
Burden Close Dr Burden was an owner ofStoke Park inStoke Gifford Parish
Champs Sur Marne BS twinned town
Cooks Close Field adjacent to Woodlands Lane
Cross Tree Grove A tree with outstretched branches like a cross once stood near here
Crows Grove Filedsouth of Trench Lane
Dewfalls Drive The Dewfalls were local residents after whom Dewfalls Pond was named
Dyhram Parade Dyrham Court is a 17th century house/estate (NT) in South Glos.
Ellen Hay Road Field adjacent to Little Stoke farm
Ellicks Close Hill – Trench lane runs across this hill
Elming Down Close Field on Brook Way
Fiddlers Wood Lane Small wood
Field Farm Close
Garrett Drive Named after a local clergyman (Evening Post 26/8/94,CC26)
Gifford Crescent The Gifford family were the original Norman lords of the manor of
Gipsy Patch Lane There was an annual Gypsy encampment on this road.
Grange Close The Grange large house on Woodlands Lane
Great Meadow Road Field between paths of BS Way and M4
Great Park Road Field north of M5
Hales Horn Close Field north of line of Baileys Court rd
Hatchet Lane Originally Hatchet Lane linked through to hatchet Rd
Hayeley Drive Field west of Brook Lane
Hempton Lane Led tp Hempton Farm(s)
Huckley Way Field east of Baileys Farm
Kiln Gardens Field Name next to Ottrells Mead against the Hortham Brook. Also a field on rhe edge of Gypsy Patch Lane
Little Meadow Field path of Baileys Court rd
Little Stoke Lane Little Stoke is a sub division of Stoke Gifford the other being Great Stoke. Stoke (Stoch) is an AS name for an enclosure or village
Long Close Field next to Baileys Farm
Manor Farm Crescent Manor Farm in old Patchway
Mautravers Close  Named in old documents
Meadow Way Field south of Gypsy Patch Lane
New Leaze 2 fields adjacent to BS Way north of Peartree House (q.v) also a field near Little Stoke Farm and another on the southern edge of Woodlands Lane
Old Gloucester Rd Formerly the route to Gloucester at a time when the now A38 was troubled with highwaymen etc.
Orchard Gate There was an orchard in this area belonging to the Grange
Ottrells Mead Field east of the M4 against the Hortham Brook
Oxbarton Barton is an old name for a field
Oxen Leaze Field adjacent to the path of the M5
Paddocks Close Field near Little Stoke Farm
Painswick Ave Painswick is a village in Gloucestershire
Palmers Leaze Field south of the Winterbourne rd
The Common East Originally just The Common – cut in two bt Brook Way
Pear Tree Road Peartree House stood where the Orchards pub now stands
Primrose Bridge Primrose Cottage formerly stood in this area
Pursey Drive The Purseys were occupants of Baileys Court Farm in the early 1900’s
Pye Croft Field north of Trench Lane
Robbins Close Field next to Webbs Wood
Sandy Close Field between Savages Wood and Patchway Brook
Savages Wood Road Savages Wood
Saxon Way The Saxon Path runs through Bradley Stoke
Sherbourne Avenue Either Sherbournes Brake on the man Sherbourne who lived at a local farm
Stanley Mead Fields against the Hortham Brook
Stanshaws Close Field Adjacent to Woodlands Lane used for Almondsbury Gymkanas
Station Rd This road led to the railway station at the far end (it is now midway along the road)
Stean Bridge Road Field adjacent to Stoke Lane
Stoke Meadows There were a number of fields north of Little Stoke Farm which included Stoke within the name
The Common East Part of old Patchway Common
The Common Part of old Patchway Common
The Crunnis Field next to Stoke lane
The Park Field near to Brothers Wood
The Valls Field adjacent to the Winterbourne rd
The Worthys Field south of Gypsy Patch lane
Three Brooks Lane Bradley Stoke has three brooks running through it
Trench Lane Old Lane
Watch Elm Close After Watch Elm Farm -The old watch elm was a very old tree tree on the route of the parish watch
Webbs Wood Road Webbs Wood, probably the oldest wood extanct in BS
West Leaze Place Field near Gypsy Patch Lane
Westfield Way A field Great West Field is in Stoke Gifford
Winterbourne Road Winterbourne is a village to the east of the region
Woodlands Court The hamlet of Woodlands Green
Woodlands Lane The hamlet of Woodlands Green
Woodlands Park The hamlet of Woodlands Green

Pond Name    Description
Patchway Common Pond on Patchway Common. Was the farm pond for Manor Farm (alias Patchway Farm)
‘Cooks Close’ Pond site about where Cooks Close now is
Newt Pond 1 New pond
Newt Pond 2 New pond
Newt Pond 3 New pond
Woodlands Green The duck pond for the hamlet of Woodlands Green. Was a lot larger
‘Shoe tree’ Pond site an the corner of savages wood
BS Lake Lake in BS Nature Reserve – 2.5 acres, 3.5 million. Created from spoil from a sewer dug under the town (?) opened July 1995
Dewfalls Pond Just of Dewfalls Drive behind the Tesco’s site fence