Your tour begins at Mangotsfield Church, the oldest part of the parish, and continues with visits to some of the coal mines and farms that once dominated the area, the Common, local pubs and the railway station.
The history of Downend is explored in full, from its beginnings as a secluded village to its post-war transformation. Highlights include a special feature on Downend’s most famous son, Dr. W.G. Grace; a visit to the site of Cleve Hill House, once a focal point of the area; and a new report on the Britannia air crash of 1957.
Staple Hill grew with the advent of the railways and provided the industrial muscle. We visit the old railway station, the tram depot and some of the factories that once provided employment for hundreds of local people. There’s also time for one last trip to the Regal Cinema, and an historic stroll around Page Park.
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