St George's Park, Bristol

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St George's Park

St George Park is a park on the eastern edge of the inner city in Bristol, England, in St George. Built on land that was originally The Fire Engine Farm, the park had many architectural features. All that remains of these is three of the original gate pillars at the main Church Road entrance. Many old photographs of the park show that it was a popular area in Edwardian times.[2] The St George Library is situated on the edge the park, on Church Road.


There is a banjo shaped lake fed by a natural stream. It has an island, which serves as the nesting place of swans, ducks and moorhens. Until the mid-1980s, this lake was used for boating, with two separate areas: one for rowing boats and canoes, and the other for small paddle boats, both being available for hire. The lake has since been drained and unsilted, and the boats removed. Now it is used mainly for fishing, and by model boat enthuiasts.[3]

A children's play area, which was modernised in 2009.[4] Two tennis courts and bowling greens available for hire. There is a skatepark with ramps, jumps, a vert wall and other features. The skatepark is around 20 years old and made of mainly concrete.

At one time there was a band-stand with wrought iron work, but this was not maintained and was eventually demolished. The site, a raised area is still there but now has several rose-beds and benches.[5] Band concerts are still held in the park during the summer months, but are now generally played near to and not on the actual band-stand site. The park grounds once offered space to the nearby now-closed St George Grammar School.


  1. ^ "Draft tree plan: St George's Park". Bristol City Council. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. ^ "History of St Georges Park" (PDF). Bristol City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ "St George Park". Bristol City Council. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ "St George Park". Go Places to Play. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  5. ^ "St George's Park, Bristol, England". Parks and Gardens UK. Retrieved 16 October 2015.

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Coordinates: 51°27′40″N 2°32′53″W / 51.461°N 2.548°W / 51.461; -2.548