Where is it?

Lockleaze, in the northern suburbs of Bristol, is a long narrow residential area built on the western flank of Purdown, separated from Horfield by the main Bristol to South Wales railway line.

 

History

Lockleaze was developed immediately after World War II. Although the Council owned much of the housing, these days a fair proportion is privately owned.

The famous architect, A H Clarke, built Lockleaze Secondary School in 1954. It was an early example of ‘Method Building’ using pre-cast framed with pre-stressed floors and brick panel walling.

A distinctive high microwave tower, Purdown BT Tower, is located at Lockleaze and can be seen from many miles away. During World War II, a large anti-aircraft gun emplacement, known locally as Purdown Percy, was located at Purdown. The ruins remain there today.

 

Stoke Park

Grade II historic park and garden alongside the M32. The estate has many well-known landmarks including the yellow Dower House, the fishing lake and the Purdown BT Tower.

Opening hours: Open at all times

Admission: Free

Parking: Available at adjacent roads. Please park with consideration for local residents.

Within Stoke Park are two small lakes, the largest of which is Duchess Pond. It is used for angling and also supports several species of breeding bird, which are scarce elsewhere in Bristol, for example Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting. In addition, an Egyptian Goose was seen here in 2006. 

 

Transport links

Lockleaze is served by bus routes 24, 25 and 507, although with the through road to UWE, more buses will be diverted through Lockleaze in the future.

 

What everyone else sees

Lockleaze is regularly used as a location for television drama and comedy. ‘Casualty’ has been filmed on Gainsborough Square and the Channel 4 sitcom, ‘Teachers’, was filmed at Lockleaze Primary School and the Secondary School after it closed in 2005.

Lockleaze is home to Dings Crusaders RFC who compete in National Division Two South, the fourth tier of the English rugby union league system.