Built on the estate of Parkhurst House, the name itself means the enclosed wooded hill. Development of the area followed the arrival of the railway. The Parkhurst/Knoll Road estate was the largest development of the Victorian period, built during the 1880s. The sales catalogues published at the time show that it was aimed specifically at city commuters. The house was built in the mid-18thCentury and its former residents include the Reverend William Conybeare, a Doctor of Divinity and son of the Bishop of Bristol and later William Holbrooke. Today it forms part of the Parkhurst Conservation Area.
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