Friends of Blaise

Blaise Estate

Blaise estate is managed by Bristol City Council, who have produced an estate management plan, for more information or enquires please visit the Bristol City Council website.

There are many other sights to see around the estate, find out more about them below.

Caves

There are many caves on the Estate, one of the estate's man made caves Butcher's Cave, given its name because of the red tinge to the stones inside, resembling hanging joints of meat. The other one is Robber's cave constructed with large rustic local limestone blocks over shallow excavated hole to serve as a feature for carriage drives to the castle.

Echo Gate

In the past, grazing animals would have maintained the surrounding hills in more open and defined state. The gradual encroachment of vegetation has impaired the echo effect.

Giants Footprint

Local legend suggests that the footprint was created in a fit of rage by the Giant Goram. In fact it is an area of horizontally bedded carboniferous limestone, exposed through glaciation some 10,000 years ago. The cavities are created where rock has been dissolved through the passage of water down vertical joints. Every year Blaise hosts a Goram Fair, please visit the event page for more details.

Nursery

Blaise Nursey is operated by Bristol City Council to grow and supply plants for use across Bristol and other local authorities. A few times a year they open up to the public for a plant sale. For the next opening date please visit the Bristol City Council website.

Rustic Lodge

Rustic Lodge is located near the Henbury Lodge entance to the estate and was built around 1840 on the instruction of J.S Hartford Jnr. Cross shaped, single storey with attic, stone built then covered in bark and roots. Originally with a heavily thatched roof. In recent years the lodge has been subject to arson and currently has a metal roof.

Telephone Cottage

Telephone Cottage is located just behind the main house and was the very first house in Henbury to possess a telephone. It formed part of the 'Call Offices' system to which messages could be taken and transmitted. Used by Blaise Estate House and later contained the Henbury village public telephone.

Woodman's Cottage

Woodman's Cottage is located in the heart of the estate and was built in 1798 to help form one of Humphrey Repton's landscape proposals. Intended to be viewed from the Estate House, with smoke from the chimney lingering over the opposite wood thus making the imagination conceive the valley to be much wider and more extensive than it really is.