Bristol is fast becoming prime real estate on the UK housing market. The first UK city set to ban diesel vehicles to improve air quality is also home to exceptional schools and has easy access to the M32 and M4.
It’s not surprising then that three people move from London to Bristol each day.
Most BS postcodes are in demand right now, but If you are looking for reasons to move to Bristol, or where to live in Bristol, consider St Werburgh’s and the Brooks Dye Works Development. Here you can find details of the area, its famous city farm, amenities and upcoming homes for sale in St Werburgh’s.
A Brief History of St Werburgh’s
In 1879, two areas of Bristol – Baptist Mills and Ashley Vale – were joined together and became known as St Werburgh’s following the relocation of a local church to the area. Interestingly, the church is now one of two local climbing centres that locals flock to for family fun – more on those below.
A stroll down the local high street, Mina Road, and you will find all essential amenities. Some stores include unique characterful figureheads protruding from the front of the buildings, hinting at what was originally sold there, or is still sold on the premises today.
The idyllic green surroundings of St Werburgh’s have made it become an epicentre for environmental campaigns and self-build housing developments. This has subsequently attracted plenty of BBC gardening and conservation programmes to nearby areas. However, the area’s time on screen is not limited to these types of shows. Eagle-eyed Only Fools and Horses fans may recognise some of the local allotments from one of the programme’s Christmas specials, titled Mother Nature’s Son.
The Best Things to Do in St Werburgh’s
St Werburgh’s is just one slice of the Bristol area, but it does boast a lot to see, do and experience for residents and visitors.
#1: St Werburgh’s City Farm
The local urban farm is the heartbeat of the community, bringing a unique farming experience to the doorstep of St Werburgh’s residents. The free-to-enter farm is a registered charity providing an array of services throughout the year. It is a place for a family day out to feed the animals, a place of food education – and a community café that brings locals together.
Yet, the work of the city farm goes beyond their farm animals and cups of tea. It gives back to the community through work placements for disabled peoples and those from disadvantaged groups, ultimately helping them gain skills and increase their employability.
#2: The Climbing Academy
If you are considering reasons to move to Bristol and are a sporty type, you may be interested in St Werburgh’s unique climbing centre. The Climbing Academy is easy to find because it is inside the historic 15th-century church that gave the area its name. The climbing wall includes over 150 different routes, meaning a couple of visits are never enough.
#3: Green Spaces
Lots of people relocate to Bristol for its green open spaces, especially those leaving the busier capital. One of the best green spaces in Bristol is located in St Werburgh’s, known as Narroways Millennium Green. The area is a mix of woodland and unspoiled grassy areas but also includes a community orchard. Entrance to this nature reserve is completely free all year round.
A helpful map of the area can be found here.
Other Nearby POI
There are plenty more experiences to be enjoyed in St Werburgh’s and the neighbouring areas. Some other popular hotspots include:
- The Bristol Food Tour
- Escape Hunt Bristol/ Hell in a Cell
- The George Muller Museum
- Brightside County Cricket Ground
- Clip n’ Climb Bristol (A second climbing centre)
- A selection of fantastic Bristol restaurants
Brooks Dye Works: Your future environmental home?
If St Werburgh’s sounds like an ideal place for you or your family to relocate, you will be pleased to hear that a selection of new homes will become available in the area through a £40m development. These homes are being developed at an old Victorian factory that closed its doors in 1997. The old dye works and laundry factory spans four acres and will be transformed into 79 new homes, from two to four-bedroom properties. Some of these homes will have private balconies and all will be close to the local park.
The development of Brooks Dye Works started in 2019 and will be ready for movers in the spring of 2021. One part of the factory which will remain, and become the centrepiece of the development, is the old factory chimney. The idea is that the new homes will not be built with a lack of soul that many of the modern houses built today suffer from, but instead, they will merge history and the old factory’s rustic character with comfortable living.
Buyers of these properties will be able to add their own bespoke touches upon request. From flooring and tiles to the kitchen fittings and smaller details, all of these can be made to match your needs with those responsible for developing Brooks Dye Works, namely Acorn Property Group.
Another aspect of the development that will please some buyers is that these homes are being designed with the environment in mind. They are being built with a sustainable drainage system, smart utility metres, electric charging points and argon-filled double glazing.
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