Reasons to live in Linden and Podsmead
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Linden is a Victorian residential suburb within walking distance and to the South of Gloucester City Centre and Gloucester Quays. It is located within the “triangle” formed by Bristol Road and Stroud Road which are linked by the tree-lined Tuffley Avenue.
In Victorian times the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and assocated railways would have been a hive of activity serving Gloucester Docks, the furthest inland port in Britain. The new industrial boom included saw mills, iron works, slate works, malthouses, confectionary factories, corn mills, furniture factorys, chemical works not to mention Moreland’s England’s Glory Matches. This resulted in the rapid construction of terraced and semi-detached workers cottages.
Moreland’s England’s Glory
The residential roads that run parallel to each other between Seymour Road and Bristol Road are all typical of this period, with newer housing added as infills in later periods such as the 1930’s and post war era.
Nowadays Linden remains a popular area to buy or rent and offers great value for money compared with other suburbs of Gloucester. Many of the Victorian houses have retained their original features and often sized more generously than modern houses. Most of the roads in Linden offer free on-street parking within designated bays.
Typical terraced property in Linden
The Bristol Road joins Gloucester City Centre with Quedgeley and the A38, and has a real mix of light industrial, commercial and residential properties. As such the area has an abundance of local shops, a Lidl, along with several pubs and fast food restaurants. The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal runs parallel to the Bristol Road, beyons which can be found the village of Hempsted.
Gloucester and Sharpness Canal
Earls Park is a brand new development by Matthew Homes of 300 brand new 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes build by Matthew Homes. Building started in 2017 with final completions expected in 2025.
Seymour Road runs through the centre of Linden and a variety of convenience stores, post office, the Seymour Road Cafe, Seymour Road chippy and a number of hairdressers can be found.
The tree-lined Tuffley Avenue leads from the Bristol Road up towards the lower slopes of Robinswood Hill connecting with Stroud Road. Some of Gloucester’s finest residences can be found along here with Tuffley Park, Winget Bowls Club, Old Cryptians Rugby Football Club and the vast playing fields link to Gloucester Athletic Club at Blackbridge in Podsmead.
Stroud Road as it leads from Gloucester city centre features a huge variety of residential properties from all eras, from Black and White cottages to New-Builds. As you approach Robinswood Hill in general the grander the residences become.
Ribston Hall High School is one of four renowned grammar schools in Gloucester, with Calton Primary School also nearby.
Podsmead is the residential area to the South of Linden and can be found within the triangle of the aforementioned Bristol Road, Tuffley Avenue and Cole Avenue. With the exception of a row of large Edwardian villas on Podsmead Road, Podsmead was largely built during the 20th century.
Tuffley Crescent consists mostly of traditional bay-fronted semi detached family homes and links Podsmead Road with Tuffley Avenue along with access to Earls Park.
Immediately after World War II an estate of temporay homes and social housing was built. Locally known as “Poets Corner” and is managed by Gloucester City Homes will be subject to redevelopment in the coming years.
Cole Avenue forms part of Gloucester’s inner ring road and seperates Podsmead from Tuffley. It is predominantly a mixed commercial area and along with Bristol Road is a good place to visit for car dealerships, DIY stores and other typical out of town outlets.
The Crypt School is a grammar school with academy status for boys and girls and it’s playing fields back onto Gloucester Athletic Club at Blackbridge and Tuffley Park.
Last updated 4th January 2024