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Stoke Park, Bristol

Stoke Park is a public open space of 108 hectares (270 acres) in Bristol, England. It occupies a prominent position on the eastern flanks of Purdown, alongside the M32 motorway, together with the landmark Dower House and Purdown transmitter.[1] Approximately 80% of the park is within the Bristol ward of Lockleaze, the remainder within South Gloucestershire. [2]

Stoke Park, Bristol
view of Stoke Park showing a broken fence in the foreground, with the Dower House and woodland on the skyline
Stoke Park and The Dower House, viewed from the M32
Stoke Park is located in Bristol
Stoke Park
Stoke Park
Red pog.svg  Stoke Park shown within Bristol
LocationBristol
OS gridST 61590 77051
Coordinates51°29′28″N 2°33′17″W / 51.49109°N 2.55462°W / 51.49109; -2.55462Coordinates: 51°29′28″N 2°33′17″W / 51.49109°N 2.55462°W / 51.49109; -2.55462
Area108 hectares (270 acres)

Bristol City Council plan to extend cattle grazing throughout the park between April and November 2018 to stop the spread of invasive scrub and as an educational resource. [3]

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The Dower HouseEdit

The Dower House is one of Bristol's more prominent landmarks, set on a hill above the M32 motorway on the main approach into the city, and painted bright yellow. The house was built in 1553 by Sir Richard Berkeley. It has also been used as part of Stoke Park Hospital. The house closed as a hospital in 1985, and has since been converted into flats.

Duchess PondEdit

Within Stoke Park are two small lakes, the largest of which is Duchess Pond. It is used for angling and also supports several species of breeding bird which are scarce elsewhere in Bristol, for example, reed warbler and reed bunting; in addition, an Egyptian goose was seen here in 2006 and a bittern in 2014.[4]

Listed structuresEdit

Several aspects of the house and estate are listed. The house is Grade II* listed.[5] The balustraded terrace, the Orangery, the remains of the Obelisk, and the Broomhill Gate are all Grade II listed. The woods contain the Beaufort Memorial, the cold bath, a stone tunnel, and a partially derelict stone tunnel with rusticated entrance arches, all also Grade II listed.[6]

Other facilitiesEdit

  • Hermitage Tunnel
  • Purdown BT Tower
  • Woodland areas and trees.
  • World War II gun emplacements on Purdown
 
Duchess Pond and the Dower House, (2014)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stoke Park Estate". Bristol City Council. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  2. ^ Bristol City Council (February 2013). "A Management Plan for Stoke Park Estate" (PDF). Management Plan.
  3. ^ Wood, Alex (2017-12-20). "Cows will return to Bristol Park by after cash boost". bristolpost. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  4. ^ Bland, R. L. and J. Tully (2011) The Breeding Season Atlas of the Birds of Bristol 2000-2008 Bristol Ornithology 30:3-59
  5. ^ Historic England. "Dower House  (Grade II*) (1136240)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Stoke Park  (Grade II) (1000129)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 September 2012.

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