Cromhall

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Cromhall is a village in South Gloucestershire, England. It is located between Bagstone and Charfield on the B4058, and also borders Leyhill

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Cromhall is about 1 mile from Falfield on the A38 Tortworth turn off. Tortworth Estate is owned by Lord Morton, Earl of Ducie. The village of Cromhall is spread out and about 1 mile long, being one of the longest villages in England, although still behind Falfield.[1]

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The gargoyled church of St Andrews is situated in Rectory Lane and was built over a monastery. There is an area named Abbotside close to the church.[2]The church of England village school, is also called St Andrews and is situated next to the church. It is said that there is a tunnel which runs under the church yard, across the field and eventually comes out at Abbotside. The tunnel is believed to have been used in Tudor times during the reign of Henry VIII as a safe passage by monks from the abbey. At the other end of the village towards Yate, there is a small lane called Cowship Lane. In the village there is a post office, garage and a local pub called The Royal Oak.

[3] Turning left out of Cowship Lane towards Bagstone, there is a place called Badger Wood which has a live badger sett and is protected by local people. This wood was once an active coal mine - one of several in or around Cromhall. This site was the "New Engine works" believed to have operated from about 1827 - 1854. Local stories that the mine closed due to flooding with many men drowned here and buried in Cromhall church yard have not been substantiated. The remains of the engine house and shaft top, now completely filled in are still visible.

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Coordinates: 51°37′N 2°26′W / 51.617°N 2.433°W / 51.617; -2.433