horf316341-24.jpgHorfield is a suburb of the city of Bristol, in southwest England. It lies on Bristol’s northern edge, its border with Filton marking part of the boundary between Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Bishopston lies directly to the south. Monks Park and Golden Hill are to the west. Lockleaze and Ashley Down are on the eastern fringe. The Gloucester Road (A38) runs north/south through the suburb.

Historically, the area had a reputation as a lawless place because Horfield Wood was the haunt of thieves and vagrants.

The name ‘Horfield’ is Anglo-Saxon in origin, meaning ‘Filthy open land’ (Old English ‘horu’ and ‘feld’)[1]

There was a large Army barracks in Horfield from 1845, which was for a time headquarters of the South Gloucestershire Regiment. By the 1940s the buildings were too old to be used and the depot was closed, and most of the buildings apart from the Chapel were demolished in 1966. There are several war graves in churches in Horfield. A Territorial Army building remains, but most of the site was converted to a General Post Office (later British Telecom) engineering works, which in turn was redeveloped as housing since 2000.

Horfield is home to the Memorial Stadium: a sports stadium built in 1921 for Bristol Rugby Club in memory of the rugby union players of the city who died in World War I, and rededicated to commemorate the dead of World War II. In 1996, the ground also became home to Bristol Rovers Football Club who now own it.


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