No prior local connections: the names on this estate are allotted in several alphabetical sequences, Montpelier Drive lying between Lomond Avenue and Newton Avenue. An area about 1 mile north of Bristol city centre, bounded to the west by the A38 Cheltenham Road, to the south by Ashley Road, and to the east by Sussex Place/Ashley Hill.
A Montpellier Cottage is listed in this village in the 1901 Census. The earliest written evidence for the naming of Bristol's Montpelier is in Matthews' guidebook of 1793 which states: .
The town was briefly famous as the English or Manchester Montpelier, its salubrious air "well suited for invalids of a strumous habit" (yes, I had to look it up, and I think you should too). notes the following details: stucco facade, painted rubble sides and rear, slate roof. Two storeys and 3 bays, symmetrical; plinth; central doorway with plain surround, recessed panelled door and shallow overlight; unhorned sashed windows with exposed boxes on both floors, 20-paned at ground floor and 16-paned above; shallow-pitched hipped roof with projecting eaves, side wall chimneys. Matilda White and James Coleman, ladies' boarding school, Montpellier house.
In the early 19th Century, Montpelier was mainly rural with individual farmhouses and villas scattered along the steep hillside. The 1828 map shows, as well as an area name 'Montpelier', several specific named features: Montpelier Cottage, Montpelier House, Lower Montpelier, and (possibly oldest) Montpelier Farm, briefly headquarters to Fairfax and Cromwell in September 1645 (its name at that time is not clear).
After the Napoleonic Wars, the real development of the area began and by 1828 the Georgian core was complete.
No 165 Kings Road in Reading is known as Montpelier House. It also recommends the spacious open-air swimming baths and adjoining pleasure gardens as the main attraction of the place.It seems likely that the combination of its elevated position and terraced slopes with its reputation as a health and pleasure resort led to it being identified with the French spa town.