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Whitchurch

Whitchurch is a village in north Somerset, England and an adjoining suburb of south eastern Bristol, bounded by Hartcliffe to the west and Hengrove and Knowle to the north. The suburb was initially developed during the 1930s.

The A37 road, which passes through Whitchurch, links Bristol with Dorchester. Within Bristol the A37 is known as Wells Road. It was one of the first dual carriageways to be built in Bristol.

The suburb of Bristol

Whitchurch taken from Maes Knoll

The northern parts of the parish of Whitchurch were transferred to Bristol in the 1930s and 1951. The suburb now lies in the council wards of Whitchurch Park and Hengrove.

The suburb is the only part of Bristol not to use the 0117 dialing code, Whitchurch numbers using the 01275 of north Somerset instead.

Facilities close by include the Hengrove Leisure Park which includes a Cineworld Cinema, various restaurants/food retailers Frankie amp; Benny's, McDonalds,KFC, a Gala Bingo hall and a popular activities park including skateboard and climbing frame type facilities. Adjacent to the leisure park is Hawkfield Business Park, which is a significant source of commerce and employment for the suburb, notably housing the headquarters of Pukka Herbs.

The suburb is home to the Whitchurch Sports Centre, and used to be an occasional venue for pro-boxing bouts. It has a dilapidated Whitchurch athletics stadium. The sports centre is also earmarked for demolition, once the new sports centre and olympic sized swimming pool are finished as part of the expanded Hengrove Leisure Park redevelopment. In October 2006, Whitchurch Sports Centre was taken over by Action Sport UK, a South African company. Some of Whitchurch Sports Centre's activities are now based at Withywood Sports Centre and Ashton Park School Sports Centre.

On 2 August 2005 the beginnings of a tornado a funnel floated in the skies above South Bristol. As it did not touch it cannot be classed as a tornado but nevertheless it provided an unusual yet impressive sight for the residents of Whitchurch and surrounding parts of Bristol, such as Stockwood.

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