Bristol City Council’s Know Your Place website goes from strength to strength with regular new entries of historic information and images provided by volunteer contributors and public collections. Amongst the recent submissions KWAG has included on the map-based site are some Twentieth Century images including the one below of Home Farm in 1936. As published in last month’s newsletter the Home Farm building, once the agricultural heart of the estate, is today for sale. This image comes from an earlier sale catalogue issued by the executors of the estate of Philip Napier Miles when the estate was split up and sold at auction.
Whilst the building remains recognisable the attractive garden setting and outhouse in the foreground were swept away after the Second World War when Lawrence Weston Estate was laid out and the building converted for use as a new health centre. Since then is has been a Bernardo’s home, and, most recently, a nursery. Although the building is now Listed Grade II there is little left inside that hints at its historic nature; much was refurbished and modernised and the fifties though the roof timbers remain preserved in the attic spaces.
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Above: Home Farm on Kings Weston Lane seen in 1936