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The former Vicarage, Downend (4787817654).jpg
The old vicarage, typical late-19th-century architecture of Downend
Downend is located in Gloucestershire
Population 12,125 (2011)
OS grid reference ST650774
Civil parish
  • Downend and Bromley Heath
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS16
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
  • Filton and Bradley Stoke
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51°29′41″N 2°30′18″W / 51.4947°N 2.5049°W / 51.4947; -2.5049

Downend is an affluent residential outer suburb of Bristol, England, the housing stock is typically terraced Victorian, 1930s and 1950s semi-detached and detached. It is in the South Gloucestershire local district, located to the northeast of Bristol and bordered by the Bristol City suburb of Fishponds, and the South Gloucestershire suburbs of Staple Hill, Frenchay, Mangotsfield, and Emersons Green.

On 19 January 2020 The Sunday Times ran an article which named Downend as one of the UK's best suburbs.

Downend forms, with the suburb of Bromley Heath, the civil parish of Downend and Bromley Heath, created in 2003.

Downend war memorial

Historical associations

W. G. Grace, the cricketer, was born at Downend House on North Street.

Notable residents

A mural of W. G. Grace in Downend

W. G. Grace, the cricketer, was born at Downend House on North Street. The house overlooks the ground of Downend Cricket Club.

Olympic bronze medal winner Jenny Jones (snowboarder) was also born in Downend.

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