Kingswood History Society July 2018

June 29 2018

"KILLED In A Coal Mine" was our June topic.

The Kingswood coalfield was a dangerous place. From the eighteenth to the twentieth century, there are records of countless injuries and deaths either in the coal mines or in connection with them. Pat Lindegaard led us through the story beginning with researching her family’s early history that led her into the human history of the Kingswood coalfields and the many tragedies that befell those struggling to earn enough in the hazardous conditions below ground to support their often large families. Of great poignancy were the young ages of many of the victims and the terrible consequences that befell the families denied their ‘bread winner’ by the neglect of safety prevalent at the time. 

On July 3 our topic will be the History of Parnalls, Yate. Initially shop fitters, Parnall & Sons began to manufacture aircraft in Park Row. Later the aircraft business split from the parent company to be known as George Parnall and Company. In the 1920s aircraft manufacture was centralised at Yate, close to an airfield used by the Royal Flying Corps. Surely unmissable!

The Kingswood History Society meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm, in the Park Centre, Kingswood High Street, (opposite the civic centre BS15 9TR, parking in Hollow Road, opposite the civic centre). Anyone interested in joining us should visit our website or just come along to our meetings. Cost is £2.50 per visit including refreshments. Annual subscription is only £20.


Paul Hanmore