Abundance of Ashtons
Bower Ashton was historically a hamlet in the parish of Long Ashton. In medieval times the area was owned by St Augustine's Abbey, but following the dissolution the Smyth estate, Ashton Court, was established by John Smyth, a merchant from Small Street in the city, in the 16th century. In the 19th century Sir John Henry Greville Smyth rebuilt Ashton Court Mansion along with a now demolished Dower house on the present site of the School of Creative Arts, Part of the University of the West of England.
Maps of that era show a ropewalk, Frayne's Colliery and Ashton Vale Iron works, adjacent to the Portishead railway line.
Of course things have moved on a bit by 2022!
Note the railway curving round and exiting the map on its northern edge. One day that will be the re-opened branch to Portishead. There was a station at Ashton Gate, located roughly where the road junction squodge is, top right.
The other "way in" is via South Liberty Lane, also impeded by the thinness of ferroequinological engineering. This time it is a very thin bridge ...
Not completely forgotten, however; there is a stop on the M2 guided (sometimes) busway on the northern edge of the estate.