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Stoke Bishop

Stoke Bishop is a very affluent and medium-sized outer city suburb in the north-west of Bristol, located in between Westbury-on-Trym, Sneyd Park, and Sea Mills. Although relatively small, Stoke Bishop's population has increased due to substantial infilling on the Smelting Works sports ground and The Grove which used to belong to Clifton High school. The population of Stoke Bishop varies throughout the year because of the influx of students to the large campus of halls of residence situated on the edge of the suburb and the Downs during university term time.

Stoke Bishop is also the name of a council ward, which also includes Sneyd Park, most of the Downs and a small area of Sea Mills along the River Trym.

The suburb is concentrated around a small village hall and a row of shops on Druid Hill, with a number of small local businesses.

Within Stoke Bishop there are three churches including St Mary Magdalene (CofE) and a Baptist church; one primary school, Stoke Bishop Primary, also known as Cedar Park; and a village hall, which is used for a variety of activities from dog training to Karate. There also remains one playing field, Stoke Lodge, mainly used by local schools for athletics, football, and cricket.

The historic Stoke House and Park lie in Stoke Bishop. The house was built in 1669 as a family mansion for Sir Robert Cann, Member of Parliament, Mayor of Bristol and Merchant Venturer. It is currently occupied by Trinity College, Bristol.

Stoke Bishop Cricket Club play at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex. The cricket club has two senior men's XIs: the 2010 season has just finished with the 1st XI winningBristol & District League Division 1 (thus gaining promotion to the Senior Division of the Bristol & District League), while the 2nd XI finished 5th in Bristol & District League Division 2. The club also boasts a thriving junior section composed of U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 teams.

Next to Cedar Park Primary school is Bristol Croquet Club, which has had many influential international members.

The small port of Abona at Sea Mills at the mouth of the River Trym was used by the Roman military forces passing in transit to Roman settlements in what is now South Wales. There are ruins of a small Roman Villa at the entrance to Roman Way from thePortway. The Roman legionaries had a transit camp on what were the grounds of Nazareth House (a Roman Catholic Orphanage) near that villa. Nazareth House was used until the 1970s and was demolished by C H Pearce contractors, Bristol. Bombs fell in Roman Way during the Second World War, destroying one house completely.

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