Cribbs Causeway
Cribbs Causeway is a road just north of Bristol, England, which has given its name to a large out-of-town shopping centre. Cribbs Causeway is situated in Patchway, South Gloucestershire. The primary access routes are the A4018 from Bristol, the M5 junction 17 and the Patchway bypass road. The Mall is one of the two major shopping centres in the Bristol area, the other being Cabot Circus. The road runs from the northern edge of Bristol at Henbury to a point just beyond the M5 junction. It now forms parts of the A4018 and B4055. The route is the former Roman road from central Bristol to the crossing point of the River Severn at Aust.

The name of the road is often said to owe its name to Tom Cribb, a famous bare-knuckle boxer from the Bristol area. However, this was proved wrong in the 1960s by the discovery of a map showing the current name dated to four years prior to his 1781 birth. The book's author goes on to speculate that the true origin of the name may be from Crybe's dwelling ( Crybe being a personal name), or from crib ”“ a manger or hovel. But all that we can truly glean from this is that the causeway - i.e. the Roman road - was named for a family with the surname Cribb (which may or may not have been closely related to the boxer's family: he was from Hanham on the opposite side of Bristol). This local family was probably also commemorated in the smallholding called Crybescroft which existed in Henbury in 1281. The Hazel Brook rises at Cribbs Causeway, flowing southwards through Blaise Castle estate, before joining the River Trym.

The Venue
The Venue is an entertainment complex featuring a VUE cinema (formerly Warner Village Cinema), Hollywood Bowl a ten-pin bowling alley (opened in November 2004, location was previously a Dave & Buster's), Fitness First and eateries, such as Frankie & Benny's, Bella Italia, Chiquito and T.G.I. Friday's.

Other sections
The two retail parks are warehouse style shops with entrances from outside. The first retail park is a group of large shops containing shops such as Argos, Currys, and Comet. Nearby is a second retail park containing Carpet World, Halfords, Hobbycraft, T.K. Maxx, Easy Living Furniture, Maplin Electronics and Tesco Homeplus. Other shops include the United Kingdom's first ASDA- Wal-Mart Supercentre, the first Morrisons supermarket in the south of England which opened in September 2003, Wickes, Toys "R" Us, Makro and DFS, also car dealers, warehouses, pubs and hotels. In a lane that passes under the motorway, is the Cribbs Business Centre. A B&Q Warehouse is now completed on the site previously owned by Tile World and Magnet. It is situated near the Morrisons supermarket. It also houses a Furniture Village.

The Mall
The Mall, opened on 31 March 1998, comprises 135 shops on two levels, although some of the large stores occupy more levels. The major businesses are Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, W H Smith and Boots. At its centre point The Mall has a large fountain with a water display. Money thrown into the fountain is donated to local charities, the company reports it raises in excess of £10,000 a year for local charities. Above the fountain is the food court. To celebrate the Mall's ten year anniversary, the company announced a five million pound refurbishment of the food court that will be completed in two stages with completion in May 2009. The food court will be renamed 'The Avenue'. The primary access routes are the M5 Junction 17 and the Patchway bypass road. The Mall is one of the major shopping centres in the Bristol area, the other being Broadmead, the location of The Mall Bristol and Cabot Circus. It should not be confused with shopping centres owned by The Mall Fund which are branded as The Mall and then the town or city name, The Mall Bristol is an example of a shopping centre owned by that company.

The Mall has over 7000 parking spaces spread over a car park that is divided into different sections, and which is free to use. Bus station The station is situated at The Mall and has 15 stands. The main operators that serve the bus station are First ( Bristol and Somerset & Avon) and Wessex Connect. The bus station (the terminal for many bus routes) which is served by a considerable amount of bus services operating in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Wales. Buses run from the bus station around the Bristol area and as far afield as Weston Super Mare, Bath and Cwmbran. Services that call here:
  • 1 - Broomhill
  • 40 40A - Cabot Circus
  • 54 54A - Stockwood
  • 73 73A 73B - Bristol City Centre
  • 75 - Hartcliffe
  • 319 - Bath
  • 318 - Keynsham
  • 482 483 - Chipping Sodbury
  • 600 - Yatton
  • 622 - Chipping Sodbury
  • 625 - U.W.E - Severn Beach
  • X14 - Cwmbran/Magor - Bristol bus station
  • X25 - Weston Super Mare

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