Knowle Westis a neighbourhood situated on a low plateau in the south ofBristol, England, about 2 miles (3.2km) from the centre of the city. Most of the area is coterminous with theFilwoodward ofBristol City Council, although a small part of the estate lies withinKnowleward to the east. To the west areBishopsworthandHartcliffe. To the north areBedminsterandWindmill Hilland to the southWhitchurch ParkandHengrove. The population as of 2008 was estimated as 11,787. The area is approximately 1.26 square miles (3.3km2) in extent.
There is evidence of lateIron AgeandRomansettlements in the area. At the time of theDomesday Book, Knowle was a rural area assessed at a taxable value of twogeldunits. Knowle West remained rural in character until the 1930s when acouncil housingestate was developed to provide homes for people displaced byslum clearancein the centre of the city.
Famous former residents include the musicianTricky, the boxerDixie Brownand late 1950srock and rollbandThe Eagles. There are five schools and four churches in Knowle West, as well as a number of open spaces, community centres, youth clubs and shopping facilities. Community organisations include the Knowle West Media Centre, the Residents' Planning Group and the Knowle West Health Association. There are no major employers in Knowle West but there are many small local enterprises and larger businesses on nearby trading estates. The closure of theImperial Tobaccofactory at nearbyHartcliffein 1990 caused a large number of job losses. Just under a third of the residents are classed as economically inactive and the area is one of the most economically deprived in Bristol.Knowle West has relatively high indices of crime and drug use, but community efforts to combat this have had some success.
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