Lots of links to historical resources for family history research.
Historical information and statistics about the town and area from the Vision of Britain project.
A Tudor House built for the pleasure of Henry VIII
Acton Court is believed to be the most original Tudor house in Britain. The East wing was built by Nicholas Poyntz in 1535 for a weekend visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Acton Court will open to the public from 4 July to 12 August 2018, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Full access to the house and grounds is with a professional guide only. There are a number of special events throughout the season; please check the website below for details.
Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224
Lots of good reasons for volunteering at Winterbourne Medieval Barn:
The BBC Domesday Project created a snapshot of Britain in 1986. Originally published on laserdisc, which rapidly fell into obsolescence, the project is now available on-line.
The Society meetings are held in Zion Church Hall, Woodend Road, Frampton Cotterell at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, entrance £3 including light refreshment. For more information, please contact Mr Trevor Thompson by email below.
Ram Hill Colliery is an open site owned by South Gloucestershire Council, managed by the Friends in conjunction with the Council and English Heritage.
Mining took place roughly between 1830-1860 with clear evidence of the horse gin, engine house and connection to the Dramway.
The Friends work on the site between April and October usually on Wednesdays, and are happy to give visitors a guided tour. We have regular open days, including the Heritage Open Day in October.
Volunteers are welcome to help manage the site - please contact David Godden by email below for further details.
Broad Lane, Ram Hill BS36 2TY
Explore your neighbourhood online through historic maps, images and linked information with this digital heritage mapping project.
Are you interested in Family History and want to find out information about your ancestors but don’t know where to start? Sodbury Vale Family History Group is a branch of the Bristol and Avon Family History Society. Meetings take place at St Nicholas' Church on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Lynne English:
Tel: 0117 937 3130
In the community, part of the community, at the heart of the community.
How many medieval barns are there in the greater Bristol area, which are open to the public? There's only one we know of, and it is in Winterbourne. The barn is open every third Saturday of the month between 10am-1pm. So why not come and visit the barn? We will not charge you, it is free. But above all you will be made very welcome.
Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE
Woodchester Mansion is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic Masterpiece mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873. Hidden in a secluded Cotswold valley, it is untouched by time and the modern world.
The basic role of YADAG is to record the archaeological heritage of the Yate area in its many forms.
Our part of South Gloucestershire is blessed with a myriad of unrecorded and sometimes threatened historic sites ranging from Roman bath houses to coal mining remains.
All ages and abilities welcome, no previous experience necessary - be part of your very own Time Team.
Based at Yate & District Heritage Centre, Church Road, Yate BS37 5BG
Tel: 01454 314174
The Centre aims to reflect the rich diversity of the Yate area’s cultural, historical, social and industrial past. This is achieved through a range of thought provoking and varied exhibitions, and a range of evening and day events including a regular series of quizzes, historical lectures and other one-off events.
Free admission - everyone welcome. Open Tuesday - Thursday and Saturdays, 10.30am-4.30pm
Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG
Tel: 01454 862200