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Knowle West is a neighbourhood situated on a low plateau in the south
of Bristol, England, about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the centre of the
city. Most of the area is coterminous with the Filwood ward of Bristol
City Council, although a small part of the estate lies within Knowle
ward to the east. The population as of 2008 was estimated as 11,787.
There is evidence of late Iron Age and Roman settlements in the area.
At the time of the Domesday Book, Knowle was a rural area assessed at a
taxable value of two geld units. Knowle West remained rural in
character until the 1930s when a council housing estate was developed
to provide homes for Bristolians displaced by slum clearance in the
centre of the city. Famous former residents include the musician
Tricky, the boxer Dixie Brown and late 1950s rock and roll band The
Eagles. Community activities include the Knowle West Media Centre, the
Residents' Planning Group and the Knowle West Health Association. There
are no major employers in Knowle West but there are many small local
enterprises and larger businesses on nearby trading estates. Just under
a third of the residents are classed as economically inactive and the
area is one of the most economically deprived in Bristol. Knowle West
has relatively high indices of crime and drug use, but community
efforts to combat this have had some success. (more...)
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