Kingswood History Society

November 03 2017

OUR October our topic was ‘The Dramway and Avon Wharf’

OUR October our topic was ‘The Dramway and Avon Wharf’. Jim Pimpernell gave us an insight into his findings while researching for an MA in Landscape Archaeology. The Dramway was a horse-drawn railway system that ran from Coalpit Heath, southwards to the River, near Keynsham. Its purpose was the transport of coal from the various pits en-route to river barges for onward transportation to customers as close as Bristol, as far away as London and all points in between. Jim gave us the background to its construction in the 19th century and its short life, overtaken by more economic means of transport. 

He gave a description of the workings and we saw photographs of the buildings and topographical features that remain today. It was a most interesting presentation that broadened our knowledge of the area.

On November 7 our topic will be ‘Cleeve and Beaufort Military Hospital’ – and on December 5 we will have our AGM, Christmas raffle and American supper, followed on December 6 by our Christmas meal at the Severn Valley Railway. All surely unmissable!

Kingswood History Society meets on the first Tuesday of each month (March – December) at 7.30pm in Room 4 at the Park Centre, Kingswood High Street, (opposite the civic centre, BS15 9TR, parking in Hollow Road). 

Anyone interested in joining us should visit our website or just come along to our meetings. Cost is £2.50 per visit including tea/coffee and biscuits. Annual subscription is only £20.


Paul Hanmore