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Filton is a town in  Gloucestershire, and is situated on the  outskirts of Bristol, about 4 miles from Bristol's city centre, postcode areas BS7 and BS34. Filton the town centres upon the 12th Century Church, and is a grade II listed building. Closeby are the towns of Patchway and Bradley Stoke.


Filton can be reached from Junction 1 of the M32 motorway, or from Junction 16 of the M5 motorway. Filton can also be reached by railway, from its railway station, Filton Abbey Wood.


Filton has two large shopping areas - the Shield Centre and Abbey Wood Retail Park.

Filton has an airport connection since the early days of the Bristol Airplane Company. Airplane companies in Filton include BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and MBDA factories, all located near Filton airdrome. The Bristol-Filton airport is a major connection to the nearby areas by air. Filton is also a resting place of Concorde in the air museum.


Filton has a number educational venues which include South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Abbeywood Community School and several primary schools. The University of the West of England is also nearby.




At the early part of the 20th century, Filton was a small detached village, north of the city of Bristol. Farming was the main way of life. There was a large factory-like laundry in the village, which was a start of the industrial integration of Filton.


The village also had a railway line which connected Bristol to South Wales. There was only a small station near the current Abbey Wood Station untill around 1910, when a much larger one was open, known as Filton Junction. This station was opened on completion of the root from Bristol to London.

Business life in the Town

Filton is a great town for a number of reasons, surrounded by beautiful countryside and with plenty of cultural opportunities to enjoy. For a small town, Filton has many businesses.

OC Robotics work with a number of robotic-based goods, providing snake-arm robotics which enable handling operations in confined spaces which are difficult to reach. It has been providing solutions to companies for many years, in medical, nuclear and security industries. It provides consultancy and analysis services.

Third Dimension similarly work in advanced technology. They develop and manufacture precision profile measurement solutions. They were established nineteen years ago and have a history of supplying optical measurement equipment and services to the biggest companies in aerospace and energy sectors across the globe.

Oak Furnitureland in Cribbs Causeway near Filton provides furniture made of oak for all over the house - bathroom, kitchen, lounge, hall, bedroom, dining room, etc. They create chairs, desks, sofas, tables and plenty more. Their sales team are knowledgeable and the years of experience make them a great team and the perfect people to go to if you’re looking for high-quality oak-based furniture products.

There are many other businesses in Filton. Do get in touch with us if you want to learn more!

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