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Blaise Hamlet
Circular Cottage at Blaize Hamlet Bristol England arp.jpg
Circular Cottage (left), with Sweetbriar Cottage immediately beyond
Blaise Hamlet is located in Bristol
Blaise Hamlet
Blaise Hamlet
OS grid reference ST555785
Unitary authority
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS10
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
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  • Bristol North West
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51°30′26″N 2°38′08″W / 51.507218°N 2.635608°W / 51.507218; -2.635608

Blaise Hamlet is a group of nine small cottages around a green in Henbury, now a district in the north of Bristol, England. All the cottages, and the sundial on the green are Grade I listed buildings. Along with Blaise Castle the Hamlet is listed, Grade II*, on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England. Nikolaus Pevsner described Blaise Hamlet as "the ne plus ultra of picturesque layout and design".

Blaise Hamlet was built around 1811 for retired employees of Quaker banker and philanthropist John Scandrett Harford, who owned Blaise Castle House.

The hamlet was designed by John Nash, master of the Picturesque style. He had worked for Harford on other buildings. The hamlet is the first fully realized exemplar of the garden suburb and laid out the road map for virtually all garden suburbs that followed. The cottages are all unique and include brick chimneys and dormer windows with some having thatched roofs. They are examples of the picturesque, an aesthetic ideal introduced into English cultural debate in 1782 by William Gilpin. An oval path links the cottages and encircles the village green with its sundial. The cottage gardens are planted in a Victorian cottage garden style.

Since 1943 the cottages have been owned by the National Trust. They are still occupied and not open to the public, but the ensemble may be viewed from the green. Rose Cottage is let by the National Trust as a holiday cottage.


Building House number Grade Photo Reference
Circular Cottage 8 I Circular Cottage, Blaise Hamlet.jpg
Dial Cottage 7 I Dial Cottage at Blaise Hamlet Bristol England arp.jpg
Diamond Cottage 2 I Diamond Cottage, Blaise
Double Cottage 4 and 5 I Double Cottage, Blaise Hamlet, near Bristol (geograph 3847909).jpg
Dutch Cottage 3 I Dutch Cottage, Blaise Hamlet, near Bristol (geograph 3847174).jpg
Oak Cottage 1 I Oak Cottage, Blaise Hamlet.jpg
Rose Cottage 6 I Rose Cottage, Blaise
Sweetbriar Cottage 9 I Sweetbriar Cottage, Blaise
Vine Cottage 10 I Vine Cottage, Blaise Hamlet (1812) (geograph 3566723).jpg
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