St Michael's Church
|Population||15,494 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||01454, 0117|
|Police||Avon and Somerset|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
Stoke Gifford is a village, and parish in South Gloucestershire, England, in the northern suburbs of Bristol. It had around 11,000 residents at the 2001 census, increasing to 15,494 at the 2011 census. It is home to Bristol Parkway station and Stoke Gifford depot, on the London-South Wales railway line, and the Bristol offices of Aviva which took over Friends Life in 2015, Hewlett Packard and the University of the West of England. The parish includes neighbouring Little Stoke, Harry Stoke and Stoke Park. The parish borders Filton, to the south-west, Patchway to the north west, Bradley Stoke to the north and Winterbourne and Hambrook to the east. To the south Stoke Gifford is served by the Bristol Ring Road, south of this a large green area known as the 'Green Lung' stretches to the inner city area of St Werburghs.
Descent of the manor
Following the Norman Invasion of 1066, William the Conqueror gave the manor of Stoke Gifford to Osbern Giffard, one of his generals. ). Giffard himself was a native of Longueville-le-Giffard, Normandy, now known as Longueville-sur-Scie, which is where the 'Gifford' suffix of the name derives from. The 'Stoke' suffix may come from the Stoke Brook, 'Stoke' may also be a reference to the Saxon word 'Stoche' meaning 'property of or dependent farmstead'. Bradley Stoke and Stoke Lodge, both 20th Century estates were also given the name. Extensive histories of Stoke Gifford can be found on Adrian Kerton's web pages and the website of Southern Brooks Archaeology.
The manor remained in the Giffard family until 1337, when it was granted to Maurice de Berkeley (died 1347), 2nd son of Maurice de Berkeley, 2nd Baron Berkeley (1271–1326). Thus was founded the long and distinguished cadet branch of "Berkeley of Stoke Gifford". In 1553 a new late-Tudor manor house was built by Sir Richard Berkeley (died 1604), 7th in descent from Maurice de Berkeley (died 1347). It became known as Stoke Park, and was rebuilt in 1750 by Norborne Berkeley, 4th Baron Botetourt (died 1770), from a neo-classical design by Thomas Wright.
The church runs a pre-school nursery in the old vicarage, and a small coffee shop in the Old School Rooms across The Green from the church, which backs onto Parkway railway station. Also in the local area are two parks, each with children's play equipment; a pair of tennis courts and a pub, the Beaufort Arms. A branch of the Co-Op supermarket chain has recently (October 2013) opened in what used to be the Parkway Tavern. There is a row of shops on Ratcliffe Drive including a Tesco Express, dentist and medical centre and few more shops on one of the roads off North Road. There is a large supermarket within walking distance and most of the local children walk or cycle to nearby St Michael's C of E Primary School & Abbeywood Community School.
Stoke Gifford Parish Council provoked national interest and condemnation in April 2016 when they resolved to charge parkrun runners a fee to use a park, resulting in the closure of the event in June 2016.
Expansion in the 20th century
Like much of the nearby area, Stoke Gifford undertook rapid expansion in the 20th century, prior to the 1980s Stoke Gifford was just a small village, straggling along the main street, North Road.
St.Michael's School was listed in the December 2008 report as 'St Michael's is a good school...the care, guidance and support for pupils is outstanding'
In 2008, a new pre-school and Nursery opened adjacent to Bristol Parkway due to the population increases of the surrounding areas.
- by John WALKER, engraver and printseller, 16, Rosomon Street, Clerkenwell 1795–1802. Exhibited Royal Academy 1796–1800. Landscape engraver and draughtsman. He finished many of his father's plates. Published as"The Copper Plate Magazine, or Monthly Cabinet of Picturesque Prints" many drawn earlier but published 1792..1803 Engraved surface 13 x 17 cm . . .2nd state by Published 1 July 1795 by J. Walker, Rosomans Street, London
- "Home". Stokegifford.org.uk. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
-  Archived 25 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Adrian Kerton. "Abtract Art by Adrian Kerton, paintings by Isabelle Pommier". Akk.me.uk. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- Adrian Kerton (25 March 2009). "Southern Brooks Archaeology". Sbarch.org.uk. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Church of St Michael, Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- "Paula Radcliffe joins backlash as council becomes first in world to charge runners who use public park". The Telegraph. 13 April 2016.
- "Closure of Little Stoke parkrun | Little Stoke parkrun". www.parkrun.org.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
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