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Bishopston is located in North Bristol, just over a mile from the centre. It is a slightly amorphous area, not easy to define in terms of strict boundaries. It is surrounded by Redland, Henleaze, Horfield, Ashley Down and St. Andrews.

In the Census 2011, Bishopston Ward registered a resident population of 13,871. Bishopston is in the Bristol West parliamentary constituency and elects two City Councillors. Its present MP is Stephen Williams and its councillors are Dr David Willingham and Daniella Radice. The first two are Liberal Democrats; the third represents the Green Party. Bishopston is part of the Bishopston, Redland and Cotham Neighbourhood Forum, where certain local issues can be discussed and, within the Forum's limited budget, money can be granted to finance small local projects.

The area has a relatively large student population, with 10.9% of the over 18 population in full-time education compared to 8.3% in Bristol as a whole, and 4.4% in England and Wales. Some of the location filming for the cult BBC sitcom The Young Ones was done in Codrington Road and elsewhere. The external shots for the famous "bank-robbing" scene in the last episode were filmed outside the now closed Bristol North Baths, Gloucester Road. The Baths are now being converted into a health centre.

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Bishopston is home to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, located off Nevil Road. There are major developments taking place over the next three to five years to expand the ground's capacity to allow it to hold international cricket matches and also to build a block of residential flats on the site. 

The busy, lively heart of Bishopston is the Gloucester Road with its great variety of shops and local amenities.

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