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Brislington West is a council ward
Wards of the United Kingdom
A ward in the United Kingdom is an electoral district at sub-national level represented by one or more councillors. It is the primary unit of British administrative and electoral geography .-England:...

 of the city of Bristol
Bristol is a city, unitary authority area and ceremonial county in South West England, with an estimated population of 433,100 for the unitary authority in 2009, and a surrounding Larger Urban Zone with an estimated 1,070,000 residents in 2007...

, England. It covers the western part of Brislington, Arnos Vale, Kensington Park and St Annes.


Brislington is one of the largest suburbs of Bristol, and it is split into two sections for the purposes of local government; Brislington West and Brislington East
Brislington East
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:...

. Notable places in the western section include Brislington Enterprise College
Brislington Enterprise College
Brislington Enterprise College is a large, co-educational general Community school based in the Brislington area of the English city of Bristol.It is a Business and Enterprise specialist college and Teaching Development Agency designated training school....

 and the HTV
HTV, now legally known as ITV Wales & West, is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England, which operated from studios in Cardiff and Bristol. The company provided commercial television for the dual-region 'Wales and West' franchise, which it won from TWW in 1968...


Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale is an area near the centre of the city. It includes the historic Arnos Vale Cemetery
Arnos Vale Cemetery
Arnos Vale Cemetery , located in Arno's Vale in Bristol, England, was established in 1837. Its first burial was in 1839. The cemetery followed a joint-stock model, funded by shareholders. It was laid out as an Arcadian landscape with buildings by Charles Underwood.Arnos Vale cemetery is located on...

, which occupies 45 acres (182,108.7 m²) in the neighbouring Knowle
Knowle, Bristol
Knowle is a district and council ward in the south of Bristol. It is bordered by Filwood Park to the west, Brislington to the east, Whitchurch and Hengrove to the south and Totterdown to the north....

 ward. The cemetery, closed in 1998, it has been kept open by volunteers since. Arno's Vale Cemetery is part of the old Arno's Court Estate. It is one of only four estates in Bristol that still have the original estate house standing (now known as Arno's Manor Hotel). The remaining estate land includes the cemetery, the hotel and Arno's Court Park. The park, which has views across Bristol, connects two geographically separate areas in Bristol (Knowle & Brislington
Brislington is an area in the south east of the city of Bristol, England. It is on the edge of Bristol and from Bath. The Brislington Brook runs through the area in the woodlands of Nightingale Valley...

), separated by a very steep hill within the park.

What remains of Arnos Estate, which includes the Parkside Hotel, Brislington, Arno's Court Triumphal Arch
Arno's Court Triumphal Arch
Arno's Court Triumphal Arch is in Junction Rd, Brislington, Bristol, England.- Construction :The arch was built around 1760 by James Bridges, for William Reeve, a prominent local Quaker and business man. It is built from Bath stone, of classical proportions but with Gothic and Moorish detail...

 and Black Castle Public House
Black Castle Public House
Black Castle Public House is a historic building in Junction Rd, Brislington, Bristol, England. It is also known as Arno's Castle.It was built in 1745—1755 as a folly sham castle and office, but may have originally been a stable block and laundry for the lord of the manor...

) is situated beside the A4 road two miles (3 km) south east of Bristol city centre
Bristol city centre
Bristol city centre is the commercial, cultural and business centre of Bristol, England. It is the area south of the central ring road and north of the Floating Harbour, bounded north by St Pauls and Easton, east by Temple Meads and Redcliffe, and west by Clifton and Canon's Marsh...

. The main roads to Bath and Wells
Wells is a cathedral city and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England, on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills. Although the population recorded in the 2001 census is 10,406, it has had city status since 1205...

 run through the area.

Kensington Park

Kensington Park is a small suburb. It is centred around the stretch of Bath Road which runs from Arno's Vale to Brislington
Brislington is an area in the south east of the city of Bristol, England. It is on the edge of Bristol and from Bath. The Brislington Brook runs through the area in the woodlands of Nightingale Valley...

 village, and includes Kensington Park Road, Kings and Hampstead Roads, the southern end of Winchester and Wick Roads, Eagle Road and the northern parts of Water Lane. In the west it is bounded by Upper Knowle
Upper Knowle
Upper Knowle is located in south Bristol....

 and to the north, east and south by Brislington.

In terms of both its architectural style and demographics, it is similar to other areas of south Bristol such as Southville
Southville, Bristol
Southville is an inner city ward of Bristol, England, situated on the south bank of the River Avon and northwest of Bedminster. Most of the area's houses were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries either for workers in the Bristol coal mining industry or the tobacco factories of W. D. &...

 and Upper Knowle, although considerably smaller than either. Houses in the district are largely Victorian
Victorian architecture
The term Victorian architecture refers collectively to several architectural styles employed predominantly during the middle and late 19th century. The period that it indicates may slightly overlap the actual reign, 20 June 1837 – 22 January 1901, of Queen Victoria. This represents the British and...

 and early 20th century dwellings, and include many which are large and well-preserved. It is largely inhabited by urban professionals.

On Bath Road, opposite the entrance to Kensington Park Road is a small memorial cross
Memorial Cross
The Memorial Cross , often known as the Silver Cross, is a Canadian medal awarded to the mother, widow, widower, or next of kin of any member of the Canadian Forces who loses his or her life in active service, including peacekeeping, and other such international operations.-Design:The Memorial...

 dedicated to people who lost their lives in the First World War.

St Anne's

St Anne's is a suburb bordering on Brislington
Brislington is an area in the south east of the city of Bristol, England. It is on the edge of Bristol and from Bath. The Brislington Brook runs through the area in the woodlands of Nightingale Valley...

, St George
St George, Bristol
St. George is a district of Bristol, England on the edge of the inner city.- History :St George was originally outside the city boundary until about 1860. The area was once the end of the tram line from the city of Bristol, the terminus being in Beaconsfield Road.St...

, St Phillips and Broomhill. St Anne's is also the location of St Anne's Wood, a notable place in South Bristol history where King Henry VII
Henry VII of England
Henry VII was King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizing the crown on 22 August 1485 until his death on 21 April 1509, as the first monarch of the House of Tudor....


The northern boundary of the area including St Anne's park is marked by the River Avon
River Avon, Bristol
The River Avon is an English river in the south west of the country. To distinguish it from a number of other River Avons in Britain, this river is often also known as the Lower Avon or Bristol Avon...

, and the suburb crossed by the Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway
The Great Western Railway was a British railway company that linked London with the south-west and west of England and most of Wales. It was founded in 1833, received its enabling Act of Parliament in 1835 and ran its first trains in 1838...

, and some sidings, just east of Temple Meads Station. The railway passes through a tunnel which was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS , was a British civil engineer who built bridges and dockyards including the construction of the first major British railway, the Great Western Railway; a series of steamships, including the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship; and numerous important bridges...

 in 1840 which is a listed building.

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