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Brief description of site

The Memorial Ground is an inspired, life affirming and dynamic war memorial in Horfield, Bristol. The ‘soul’ and home of Bristol rugby is a special war memorial because it is in the unusual form of a vibrant sports ground - whereas many war memorials are static, formal and sombre. The site is surrounded by terraced houses on all sides. The Club house was built in the 1970s, the Centenary Stand in 1988 and the West Stand in 1997. The playing pitch is in good order. The entrance gates are Grade II listed.

Brief history of site

The Memorial Ground was designed by local architect and Bristol Rugby Club committee member James Hart. The building works were carried out by William Cowlin & Son.

Location information:

Address: Filton Avenue, Horfield, BS7 0BF

Locality: Bristol

Local Authorities:

Bristol, City of; Bishopston

Historical County: Gloucestershire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 155 Grid Ref: ST596765
Latitude: 51.486 Longitude: -2.58322

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open to the public during matches.

Key information:

Purpose of site: playing field

Context or principal building: commemorative

Site first created: 1921

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 3.3

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