Much of North Bristol, including the area which later became Southmead as we know it, all once belonged to the same land estate. Over time it was divided up again and again into separate farms and parcels of land. One farm, Holmwood, eventually became the Holmwood National Children’s Home (at the top of Channells Hill in Westbury-on-Trym).
My passion for local history has resulted in A Short History of The Holmwood Estate which includes previously unpublished photos and features Southmead Manor House, Henleaze Lake, Westbury Wildlife Park and Badock’s Wood (including the prefab homes and the burial mound), as well as the original planning ‘battle’ of the Holmwood Gardens development.
You can buy a copy at the Greenway Centre at the special price of £3.00, just telephone their reception desk (0117 950 3335) to reserve your copy or call in. If you share my interest in local history, planning and development, then this could be just the book for you!
For further info please email me: Alan – firstname.lastname@example.org