The origins of Bishopston can be traced back to the early 19th century and the name is said to be derived from a bishop of the local diocese who sold off some of the church s land to private developers. The area sprang up around the main artery of Gloucester Road, a direct link between the motorway network and Bristol City Centre. Housing stock
Although the housing stock is very similar throughout the area, comprising mostly pre-Victorian, Victorian and 1930s properties, Bishopston is actually very diverse and offers something for everyone. St Paul s has an eclectic feel, Montpelier is fashionable, St Andrew s Park is family-friendly, and, along Gloucester Road, there is a wide selection of apartments that are popular with students and young professionals. Facilities
People from all the various nearby pockets of Bristol congregate in Gloucester Road, which offers a thriving hub of caf s, restaurants, bars and shops. When planning a night out, you can choose from a trendy student bar, an affordable family pub or even splash out on a fantastic meal at a sophisticated gastro pub. For an evening with a difference head to the local comedy club, or spend an afternoon trying to spot Banksy s works of street art.
Independent shops on Gloucester Road meet all your shopping needs, but supermarket chains have also arrived to give a broader range. A new council-run swimming pool and gym has opened up in Horfield, as well as there being a selection of private gyms in the area too. Education and health
Bishopston is well served by primary schools, including Sefton Park, Bishop Road (the largest primary school in Bristol) and St Andrew s Church of England Junior School. A formerly private secondary school, Colston's, has celebrated its 300th anniversary by creating a foundation to support bursaries and widen access, and is within easy reach of this area. Transport
Train stations at nearby Redland and Montpelier give access to Temple Meads railway station and from there to the rest of the country. The Gloucester Road is the main A38 that runs from the M5 all the way into the city centre and to the M32, and there is a frequent bus service running along this main transport link.