0328…Bradley Stoke Heritage Walks And Plaques

owlA History Of Stoke Gifford and other parishes nearby
Edited by Adrian Kerton


Supplied by David Baker

Walk 1 – 1.8 K

Start – The Brook Way Centre (Car Park, possible use of toilets and kitchen)
Across Brook Way to Common East.

Plaque 1 –The Saxon Path
The Saxon Path runs from Stoke Gifford to Patchway (Common East). At some early date it was provided with hedges both sides of the path. Some parts of the path have been developed over and replaced with modern roads and some parts have lost one or both hedges but the path is substantially still in existence.

Common East to Primrose Bridge.
Plaque 2 – Manor Farm
Manor Farm has been known by a number of names, Patchway Farm being one of them despite being applied to other farms in the area. The farm is gone, but it survives in spirit inasmuch as some of the stones were used the created the bridge over the western end of the Bradley Stoke Nature Reserve lake.

Plaque 3 – Primrose Cottage
Here once stood two back to back cottages. The one facing the Patchway Brook was Primrose Cottage. IN around1900 a Mr Milliner established s bread oven and the cottage became the first commercial bakery in Patchway.

Primrose Bridge to Woodland Green.
Plaque 4 – Woodlands House
This large house stood on what is now the corner of Woodlands Lane and Woodland. It was once occupied by a man called Armstrong, ad Alderman of Thornbury and allegedly the inventor of Ribena (he was a director of the firm of H W Carter the still make Ribena.

Woodlands Green
Plaque 5 – Woodlands Green
This small hamlet is known to have existed in the 12th century. It consisted of three farms and their associated tied cottages etc. Around four/five houses pre-dating the development of the Business Park still exist as does the duck pond.

Almondsbury Business Park to Ada’s Cottage
Plaque 6 – Ada’s Cottage.
Originally three cottages, now two this is the only original building to still be used as family homes.

Ada’s Cottage to the Chalet Park
Plaque 7 – Woodlands Park
During WWII this mobile home site was a military installation. Believed to be an American Army Anti-Aircraft unit.

The Chalet Park to the Grange
Plaque 8 – the Grange
Built in 1903 by a Bristol builder George Wilkins it has a 61ft long dining room built to accommodate Mr Wilkins 31 grandchildren at one sitting.

The Grange to the A38
The A38 to Common West

Common West to the Brook Way Centre
Plaque 9 – Common West
This road has a wealth of old buildings including a former Quaker Hall.

Walk 2 – 3.8 K
Start – The Brook Way Centre (Car Park, possible use of toilets and kitchen)
The Brook Way Centre to Woodlands
Woodlands Lane to Primrose Bridge retracing Walk 1 in reverse (alternatively retrace the whole of Walk 1 in reverse as far as the Primrose Bridge (an increase of some400m)).

Primrose Bridge to Bowsland Farm
Plaque 10 – Bowsland Farm
Bowsland , Bowland, Boursland Farm is now gone but the trees and shrubs planted to form a windbreak at the bottom of the garden still exists. In 1885 it was owned by a Mr Waters, described as a cattle dealer

Bowsland Farm to Savages Wood
Plaque 11 Savages Wood
Savages Wood is the youngest of the three nature reserve wood. Initially built for coppicing it was later preserved by the owner (Mr Davis of Little Stoke Farm) as a nature reserve

Savage Wood to Webs Wood
Plaque 12 – Webs Wood (unless combined with Savages Wood)
The oldest of the three woods. This is shown not just by the relevant maps but by the number of wild flowers found there.

Webs Wood to Brook Way
Brook Way to Baileys Court Rd

Baileys Court Rd to Sherbourne’s Break
Plaque 13 – Sherburne’s Break
Partially quite old the youngest section contains some large Turkey Oaks

Sherbourne’s Break to the Saxon Path where it crosses the Stoke Brook at the end of Sherbournes Break.
The Saxon Path to Common East. For wheelchair users the section from Webbs Wood to Brook Way and round to the Saxon Path may be omitted and the Saxon Path picked up at the point where it crosses the Stoke Brook.

Common East to the Brook way Centre
Plaque 14 – Baileys Court Inn
Baileys Farm, now Baileys Court Inn is on Baileys Court Road not far from the Sherbournes Break entrance to the reserve.

Plaque 15 – Webs Farm (if the site is suitable)
Webbs Farm (Wodehouse Farm) was said to be the oldest inhabited building in Gloucestershire. The exact site is buried in a group of houses and roads away from any direct footpath.

Possible focus of each Plaque
Plaque 1 –The Saxon Path. Mark the end of the path from Stoke Gifford to Patchway emphasising that this is a Saxon path. Children to re-trace the path identifying modern overlays etc. Dress up as Saxons and walk a suitable length of the path. Main contact/Consultant – Sharon Ewbank

Plaque 2 – Manor Farm. Mark the existence of a substantial farm here. Children to trace the fields likely to be managed by this farm (using the 1840 Parish Survey map) and possibly Martin Davis’s map identifying those fields belonging to Little Stoke Farm. Draw a map accordingly. Main contact -Patchway Local History Group/ Martin Davis

Plaque 3 – Primrose Cottage. Mark the existence of a bakery in Primrose Cottage. Children to research the bakery. Children make bread in a pre 1940 manner. Main contact Patchway Local History Group/ David Baker

Plaque 4 – Woodlands House. Mark the existence of the house as the home of the originator of Ribena. Children to interview Mrs Joyce Butcher the last inhabitant of the house. (Warning she talks the hind leg off a donkey!) Joyce currently lives in Wooton-Under-Edge but she is an acquaintance of mine and would probably come down to Bradley Stoke. Main contact – David Baker

Plaque 5 – Woodlands Green. A plaque to mark the entire hamlet, possible in the form of a map indicating the surviving buildings Children to research the existing buildings and draw the map. Main Contact – George Bennett (Ada’s Cottage)

Plaque 6 – Ada’s Cottage. Talk to the owner George Bennett. Draw the cottage. Main contact – George Bennett.

Plaque 7 – the chalet park. Mark the origin of the park as a WWII American army base. Children to find out which unit was stationed there. Also interview some of the older residents. Main contact(s) – the residents

Plaque 8 – the Grange. Plaque to indicate the building of the Grange. Children to identify the builder and his history (he built public buildings in Bristol). Main contact – David Smith, the son of a former owner of the Grange is available for interview but probably not until after Xmas 2007 (he has a lot on his plate at the moment).

Plaque 9 – Common West. Map the houses, draw the houses, spot the additions to the houses. Main contact – Patchway Local History Group

Plaque 10 Bowsland Farm. Identify the trees panted as wind beaks as opposed to those planted as part of the garden. Main Contact – David Baker

Plaque 11 – Savages Wood east. Map all the paths in the wood. Main contact David Baker/Martin Davis

Plaque 12 – Webbs Wood – Identify spring flowers. Attend a coppicing session of the local conservation group (providing adequate safety measures can be arranged. Main contact David Baker/ Paul Humphries (BTCV)

Plaque 13 – Sherbournes Breaks. Identify Turkey Oaks and other trees, Main contact Sharon Ewbank/David Baker.

Plaque 14 – Baileys Court Inn. Research the history of the farm. Find out shy it was preserved. Main contact – Stoke Gifford History Group/Sharon Ewbank

Plaque 15 Webbs Farm. Identify precise location of farm. Find old drawings/photos of the farm. Main contact – Stoke Gifford History Group/Sharon Ewbank