About Knowle West

Knowle West is a neighbourhood situated on a low plateau in the south of Bristol, England, about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the centre of the city. Most of the area is coterminous with the Filwood ward of Bristol City Council, although a small part of the estate lies within Knowle ward to the east. The population as of 2008 was estimated as 11,787. The area is approximately 1.26 square miles (3.3 km2) in extent.

There is evidence of late Iron Age and Roman settlements in the area. At the time of the Domesday Book, Knowle was a rural area assessed at a taxable value of two geld units. Knowle West remained rural in character until the 1930s when a council housing estate was developed to provide homes for people displaced by slum clearance in the centre of the city.

Famous former residents include the musician Tricky, the boxer Dixie Brown and late 1950s rock and roll band The Eagles.

(A snippet from Wikipedia entry on Knowle West)

Interested in the history of Knowle West and Filwood?

Do you like researching old photographs and maps? Archaeology? Filwood Chase History Society have room at The Park dedicated to these subjects. This group is run by local people for local people and meets every Tuesday and Wednesday between 1pm and 4pm at The Park Centre. Feel free to pop along.

For more information contact Ivor on 01275 837273.