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Berhampore is a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand. It lies towards the south of the city, seven kilometres from the city centre, and two kilometres from the coast of Cook Strait. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Vogeltown, Newtown, Melrose, Island Bay, Kingston, and Mornington. The suburb was named after Berhampore in Bengal, one of the battlefields at the start of the Battle of Plassey of 1757. Also surrounding Berhampore is the Berhampore Golf Course as well as a very extensive green belt (known as the town belt) with many walkways and tracks connecting outlying areas. The suburb also boasts some of Wellington's best all weather sports fields, on Adelaide Road and the national hockey stadium. Alongside the golf course there is a skateboard/bmx park, right by a kids mountain bike track. Berhampore School opened in 1915.[2]

Berhampore
Berhampore is located in New Zealand
Berhampore
Berhampore
Berhampore is located in New Zealand Wellington
Berhampore
Berhampore
Coordinates: 41°19′S 174°47′E / 41.317°S 174.783°E / -41.317; 174.783Coordinates: 41°19′S 174°47′E / 41.317°S 174.783°E / -41.317; 174.783
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityon City
Electoral wardSouthern Ward
Population
 (2013)[1]
 • Total3,609
NorthVogeltown
NortheastNewtown
EastMelrose
SoutheastSouthgate
SouthIsland Bay
SouthwestHappy Valley
WestKingston
NorthwestMornington

Residents of Berhampore are both ethnically and socio-economically diverse and contribute to the atmosphere of their surrounding communities. Recent traffic calming by Wellington City Council in Adelaide Road and Luxford Street has helped create a more defined sense of community in Berhampore.

The housing stock in Berhampore is a mix of mostly lower to middle value properties, with examples of most building styles and types seen in New Zealand since European settlement. The Berhampore State Flats, located on Adelaide Road, are a fine example of the international style of architecture. They were designed by F. Gordon Wilson, chief architect at the Department of Housing Construction, and completed in 1938–39.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The population includes both 2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Berhampore West and 2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Berhampore East
  2. ^ Berhampore School Jubilee Booklet. Jubilee Committee: Wellington, 1965
  3. ^ Julia Gatley. 'Wilson, Francis Gordon', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2000. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/5w36/wilson-francis-gordon (accessed 6 June 2018)