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Fishponds

Fishpondsis an outer urban area in the north-east of the English city ofBristol. It is approximately 3 miles (5km) from the City centre. It has two largeVictorian eraparks;EastvillePark and Vassell's Park (formerly the Vassell's Family estate) and also known locally as Oldbury Court. TheRiver Fromeruns through both parks, with theFrome Valley Walkwayrunning alongside it. A restored mill can be found atSnuff Millsnear the Vassells Park end of the river. It has retained its original waterwheel which can still be seen and heard turning today. Eastville Park has its own large boating lake with central wildlife reserves. Thepedalosare no longer available for hire in the summer months.

Fishponds is mainly a residential area through which two main bus routes pass. Housing is typically of the terraced Victorian variety. The high street comprises many local shops such as greengrocers and florists. There is a small student population due to the presence of theSt MatthiasandGlensidecampuses of theUniversity of the West of England.

The name of this area of Bristol derives from when it was, like nearbySoundwell, a quarry district. The empty quarries were then filled and there were many large fishponds in the area which have since been filled in. There was one pond remaining which was, until the mid 1970s when it was officially closed, a popular swimming area, named "TheLido" by locals. It is now owned by a private angling club.

The outskirts of Fishponds to the south compriseChester ParkandMayfield Park. Fishponds is bordered by five suburbs:Downend,Staple Hill,St. George,EastvilleandStapleton, and has a population of approx 20,000.

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