Author reveals history of Holmwood Estate

January 29 2020

Author Alan Aburrow

A recently published short history of the “Holmwood Estate” chronicles the evolution and development of a small area of land in the parish of Westbury-on-Trym and includes many previously unpublished photographs.
The 32-page A5 booklet, written by local resident Alan Aburrow, records the development of an early 18th century farm house through a succession of owners, with their associated land acquisitions and disposals, to the present day.
This series of activities included Sir Stanley Badock’s Deed of Gift in 1937 which established Badock’s Wood as a public open space on part of his land and the subsequent development of 31 houses on another part of the estate (Holmwood Gardens) in the mid-1990s. The Holmwood (Westbury-on-Trym) Management Company was established to manage the communal areas retained within this 1990’s development.
Author Alan Aburrow says: “The inspiration for the booklet goes way back to when I started my research into the origins and history of Holmwood House, just after I moved back to Westbury in 1993 and bought one of the newly built houses on the Holmwood Gardens development. When I became Chairman of the Friends of Badock’s Wood (FOBW) in 2004, I further researched the history of The Wood that had been gifted to Bristol Corporation by Sir Stanley Badock in 1937.
“Last year, I drafted a booklet for the benefit of each of the homeowners in Holmwood Gardens which detailed a short history of the Holmwood Estate and why it had been necessary to establish a Management Company to oversee the maintenance of the communal areas retained within the Holmwood Gardens development.
“Subsequent feedback from my neighbours indicated that there was a significant interest for more information on the history of the environs of the Holmwood Estate, which dated from about 1729. So, I expanded my original booklet to record a more detailed history of the area which had evolved from an early 18th century farm house through a succession of owners and their land acquisitions/disposals to the present day.”
The expanded booklet includes a short biography of Sir Stanley Badock, together with details of Badock’s Wood, Southmead Round Barrow (with its modern sculpture), the period that the National Children’s Home occupied Holmwood House, Westbury Wildlife Park and the protracted saga of the original planning “battle” in 1988/92 which preceded the granting of Planning Permission for the 31-house Holmwood Gardens development.
Copies of the book are available, over the counter, from Westbury Inks, 14 Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3DH – priced at £3.00 each (8% off the Cover Price of £3.25).
Alternatively, copies can be posted for £4.00 (inc P&P) – please contact the Publishers (Aburrow Bros Publishing) by email at for further details.