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Coordinates: 51°31′21″N 2°36′46″W / 51.5225°N 2.61274°W / 51.5225; -2.61274

Catbrain Hill is located in Bristol
Catbrain Hill
Catbrain Hill
Catbrain Hill, Bristol

Catbrain Hill, simply known as Catbrain, is a small village near the north of Bristol, at the edge of neighbouring district South Gloucestershire, England. It is located by Cribbs Causeway, on a road that contains many car dealerships. A new housing estate has been recently constructed at Catbrain. At the bottom of the hill the lies Filton airfield.

The area belongs to postcode BS10[1]

Name history

"Cat's brain" is a common name for fields in the south of England, and likely indicates soil type (the rough stoney clay found here supposedly resembling feline brain matter).[2] There are other Catbrains in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Surrey.[2] Catbrain has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[3]

Hazel Brook

The Hazel Brook rises in nearby Cribbs Causeway and its flow into the River Trym is controlled by an attenuation reservoir at Catbrain, which reduces the silt flowing into the system from the many shopping malls in the area.[4] Measurements of pollution by the city council show the water to be relatively clean.[5]

See also

Catbrain attenuation reservoir


  1. ^ Google maps [Retrieved 22 December 2011]
  2. ^ a b The Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. 2011.
  3. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. ix.
  4. ^ "Waterways Monitoring: River Trym and Hazel Brook". Bristol City Council. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Bristol surface water quality monitoring results" (PDF). Bristol City Council. September 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010. [permanent dead link]

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