young ones
The untimely death of Rik Mayall, the actor who played one of the main roles in the hugely popular 1980’s BBC TV comedy series ‘The Young Ones’, is a reminder that many of the scenes were filmed in and around Bishopston.

ColstonsgirlsschoolI attended Colston’s Girls’ School from 1932, when I was six, until I left in 1943. Pupils came to the school from a wide area of both Bristol and beyond.

AllotmentLia Leendertz is a gardening author and journalist (a regular contributor to the 'Guardian') who lives in Horfield. Here she begins her search into the history of Horfield allotments.

Park treesOne of the features of St Andrews Park particularly appreciated by many, if not most of its users, is its many mature and varied trees. If you are an arboriphile, you may like to learn more about the trees of St Andrews Park here.

CloseTheDoor'Close the Door' is a nationally organised campaign aimed at persuading retailers to save energy by closing their doors in cold weather. It has achieved some success along the Gloucester Road but there is more work to be done there.

Although not covering Bishopston history, the following website may well prove of interest, looking as it does at the history of the nearby neighbourhood of Henleaze:

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Memories of the St Andrews area before its development: An extract from ‘Bristol City Suburbs and Countryside Bristol’ by ARTHUR  SALMON, published by Bristol Times and Mirror, 1922.

My first remembrance of what is now St Andrew’s Park is of a broad meadow; and as there is always one impression that stands out from all others, my memory is of a summer evening when this field was ripe for mowing, its long grass scattered thickly with clover and buttercups.

The following account is taken from English Heritage's report that it wrote as part of its full review of the school as a possible building deserving listed status.The request to EH for this review was made by the Bishopston Society in response to seeing the proposed Council's design for an extension to the primary school. This was felt to be totally lacking in sympathy with ithe original architecture.

Dr Mark Allen writes:

I was very pleased to have the opportunity to speak to The Bishopston Society back in September and enjoyed the evening. Sadly, shortly afterwards, Dr Mike Archer announced his resignation which was a great disappointment to his colleagues and patients alike.

Starting in 1957, when I was five, I can remember the unfortunately named “Ponts” greengrocer, on the corner of Zetland Road and Gloucester Road facing the old Lloyds Bank,opposite the Greek Kebab take away.

 

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