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Catbrain Hill is located in Bristol
Catbrain Hill
Catbrain Hill
Location in Bristol

Catbrain Hill, simply known as Catbrain, is a small village in England north of the city of Bristol, within the county of South Gloucestershire. It is located near Cribbs Causeway, on a road that contains many car dealerships. A new housing estate has been recently constructed at Catbrain, with more developments nearby underway as of 2022. At the bottom of the hill lies the runway of the former Bristol Filton Airport.

The area belongs to the postcode area BS10.

Name history

The name "Catbrain" derives from the Middle English "cattes brazen" which is a reference to the rough clay mixed with stones that is characteristic soil type of the location. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.

Hazel Brook

The Hazel Brook rises in nearby Cribbs Causeway and its flow into the River Trym is controlled by an attenuation reservoir at Catbrain, which reduces the silt flowing into the system from the many shopping malls in the area. Measurements of pollution by the city council show the water to be relatively clean.

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