Prior to the 1980’s Stoke Gifford was just a small village in north Bristol. It is now described as a large dormitory village in the north Bristol suburbs. The village has a population of around 11,000 people and borders Filton to the south-west and Winterbourne to the east. There are two parks, tennis courts and two pubs, as well as a dentist and medical centre. There are local shops including Tesco Express as well as a large Sainsburys supermarket. Perhaps the most notable landmark is the imposing Stoke Park, now known as The Dower House, rebuilt in 1750 in the neo-classical style. Stoke Gifford lies some 6 miles north of Bristol City Centre and is close to Bristol Parkway, providing a London to South Wales rail link. The town of Filton, bordering the village, is probably most famous for its association with the construction of Concorde. Aside from this, Filton has numerous primary and secondary schools, including Filton College and Filton High School, whilst Redland High School for Girls is also within commuting range. The town also has a golf club and an excellent sports and leisure centre. Cribbs Causeway is within easy driving distance whilst Bristol City Centre is some 6 miles from the site. Bristol offers all the amenities of one of England’s major Cities, including two Universities, the major shopping centre at Cabot Circus, excellent independent schools such as Q.E.H., Bristol Grammar School and Colston’s and Heritage Sites such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge.