Bishopston, Bristol

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Bishopston is both a council ward of the city of Bristol, England, and a suburb of the city that falls within that ward. Bishopston is around Gloucester Road (A38), the main northern arterial road in the city. The ward includes St Bonaventures and Ashley Down parishes, as well as part of Horfield. It is linked with KV Kuppam in Tamil Nadu, India.

Bishopston is in the Bristol West parliamentary constituency and elects two City Councillors. Its MP is Labour's Thangam Debbonaire and its councillors are Labour's Tom Brook and Green Party's Eleanor Combley.

Bishopston is named after the bishop of the local diocese who controversially sold off the church's land to private developers in the early 19th century. The sale was even raised as an issue in the House of Commons. The parish of Bishopston was then created in July 1862 with a population of 1300 and expanding to 9140 in the Census 1901. In the Census 2001 Bishopston registered a resident population of 11,996. The district is part of the Bristol built-up area, having been swallowed by the growing city, running directly into the surrounding districts of Redland, Ashley Down, Horfield and Henleaze.

The area has a relatively large student population, with 21% of the over-16 population in education compared to 8.4% in Bristol and 5.1% in England and Wales.

Some of the location filming for the cult BBC sitcom The Young Ones was done in Codrington Road and elsewhere. The external shots for the famous "bank-robbing" scene in the last episode were filmed outside the now closed Bristol North Swimming Baths on Gloucester Road.

Bishopston was the home of two Nobel Prize–winning physicists. In 1933 Paul Dirac, who attended the Bishop Road Primary School, just a few hundred metres from where he lived on Monk Road, won the prize after his contributions to quantum mechanics. In 1950 Cecil Frank Powell won the prestigious award for contributions to Physics (specifically, for his development of the photographic method of studying nuclear processes and his discoveries regarding mesons made with this method). Bishopston was home to television presenter Adam Hart-Davis and psychologist Susan Blackmore.

The area has produced many musicians of note Robert "3D" Del Naja and Daddy G of Massive Attack. DJ Collective Stanton Warriors and International DJ Nick Warren.

This page was last edited on 1 June 2018, at 16:50 (UTC).
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