Stoke Gifford

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Stoke Gifford
Stoke Gifford is located in Gloucestershire
Stoke Gifford
Stoke Gifford
 Stoke Gifford shown within Gloucestershire
Population 15,494 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference ST621799
Civil parish Stoke Gifford
Unitary authority South Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS34
Dialling code 01454, 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Filton and Bradley Stoke
List of places

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Stoke Park, Stoke Gifford, Glos., hypothetical view from the south-east, as painted by Johannes Kip in 1707. It then belonged to John Berkeley esquire, as stated by the caption above which displays the arms of Berkeley of Stoke Gifford. Published in Britannia Illustrata 1724 edition
Stoke Park in 2011, viewed from south, as visible from the northbound carriageway of the M32 motorway which now cuts across the former parkland. Now known as "The Dower House" and split into private apartments. An engraving of Stoke Park was published in Copperplate Magazine in 1796[1]

Stoke Gifford is a large dormitory village, and parish in South Gloucestershire, England, in the northern suburbs of Bristol. It had around 11,000 residents at the 2001 census, increasing to 15,494 at the 2011 census. It is home to Bristol Parkway station, on the London-South Wales railway line, and the Bristol offices of Friends Life, Hewlett Packard and The University of the West of England.[2] The parish includes neighbouring Little Stoke, Harry Stoke and Stoke Park. The parish borders Filton, to the south-west, Patchway to the north west, Bradley Stoke to the north and Winterbourne and Hambrook to the east.[2] To the south Stoke Gifford is served by the Bristol Ring Road, south of this a large green area known as the 'Green Lung' stretches to the inner city area of St Werburgh's.

Descent of the manor


Following the Norman Invasion of 1066, William the Conqueror gave the manor of Stoke Gifford to Osbern Giffard, one of his generals.[3] ).[3] Giffard himself was a native of Longueville-le-Giffard, Normandy, now known as Longueville-sur-Scie, which is where the 'Gifford' suffix of the name derives from. The 'Stoke' suffix may come from the Stoke Brook, 'Stoke' may also be a reference to the Saxon word 'Stoche' meaning 'property of or dependent farmstead'. Bradley Stoke and Stoke Lodge, both 20th Century estates were also given the name. Extensive histories of Stoke Gifford can be found on Adrian Kerton's web pages[4] and the website of Southern Brooks Archaeology.[5]


Arms of Berkeley of Stoke Gifford: Gules, a chevron ermine between ten crosses pattee argent. These arms may be seen in The Gaunts Chapel, Bristol and are the arms of the Barons Berkeley with the difference of a chevron ermine in place of a chevron argent

The manor remained in the Giffard family until 1337, when it was granted to Maurice de Berkeley (died 1347), 2nd son of Maurice de Berkeley, 2nd Baron Berkeley (1271–1326). Thus was founded the long and distinguished cadet branch of "Berkeley of Stoke Gifford". In 1553 a new late-Tudor manor house was built by Sir Richard Berkeley (died 1604), 7th in descent from Maurice de Berkeley (died 1347). It became known as Stoke Park, and was rebuilt in 1750 by Norborne Berkeley, 4th Baron Botetourt (died 1770), from a neo-classical design by Thomas Wright.

Parish church

The local church, St Michael's Church, is influential in running this village[citation needed] and it is the centre of the community for many of the residents.


The area falls in the Stoke Gifford electoral ward. This ward starts in the east at Winterbourne. The total population of the ward taken at the 2011 census was also 15,494.

Local amenities

The church runs a pre-school nursery in the old vicarage, and a small coffee shop in the Old School Rooms across The Green from the church, which itself backs onto Parkway Railway Station, an essential transport link for the local people. Also in the local area are two parks, each with children's play equipment; a pair of tennis courts and a pub, the Beaufort Arms. A branch of the Co-Op supermarket chain has recently (October 2013) opened in what used to be the Parkway Tavern. There is a row of shops on Ratcliffe Drive including a Tesco Express, dentist and medical centre and few more shops on one of the roads off North Road. There is a large supermarket within walking distance and most of the local children walk or cycle to nearby St Michael's C of E Primary School & Abbeywood Community School.

Expansion in the 20th century

Like much of the nearby area, Stoke Gifford undertook rapid expansion in the 20th century, prior to the 1980s Stoke Gifford was just a small village, straggling along the main street, North Road.

The local area is very good at providing for the local school children. As well as the parks and tennis courts, many activities and groups run from the Old School Rooms, including Explorer Scouts, Scouts, Cub Scouts, Beaver Scouts, Brownies.

St.Michael's School was listed in the December 2008 report as 'St Michael's is a good school...the care, guidance and support for pupils is outstanding' Link to the school website below.

In 2008, a new pre-school and Nursery opened adjacent to Bristol Parkway due to the population increases of the surrounding areas.

Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy is a university technical college opened in Stoke Gifford in September 2013.

The history of Stoke Gifford can be found on Adrian Kerton's home page and the Southern Brooks Archaeology Site.

Notable people


  1. by John WALKER, engraver and printseller, 16, Rosomon Street, Clerkenwell 1795–1802. Exhibited Royal Academy 1796–1800. Landscape engraver and draughtsman. He finished many of his father's plates. Published as"The Copper Plate Magazine, or Monthly Cabinet of Picturesque Prints" many drawn earlier but published 1792..1803 Engraved surface 13 x 17 cm . . .2nd state by Published 1 July 1795 by J. Walker, Rosomans Street, London
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Home". Retrieved 10 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 [1] Archived 25 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Adrian Kerton. "Abtract Art by Adrian Kerton, paintings by Isabelle Pommier". Retrieved 10 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Adrian Kerton (25 March 2009). "Southern Brooks Archaeology". Retrieved 10 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "BBC – TomTom picks South Gloucestershire voice for sat-nav". BBC News. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Stoke Gifford at the Internet Movie Database

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