Kingswood, South Gloucestershire

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Not to be confused with Kingswood, Gloucestershire.
Kingswood is located in Gloucestershire
 Kingswood shown within Gloucestershire
Population 40,734 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference ST649736
Unitary authority South Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS15
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Kingswood
List of places

Coordinates: 51°27′36″N 2°30′18″W / 51.46°N 2.505°W / 51.46; -2.505

Kingswood is an urban area in South Gloucestershire, England, on the eastern border of the City of Bristol.

Royal Forest[edit]

In Saxon and Norman times, Kingswood Forest was a royal hunting estate which surrounded Bristol, extending as far as Filwood in South Bristol. "From early days the Constable of Bristol Castle, the king's officer in the area, was also the Chief Ranger of the Kingswood Forest and the first of these recorded is Ella who died in 920. At the edge of the forest, to the north of the River Froom, lay the little hamlet of Stapleton, the name of which is Saxon in origin, being held to mean 'The farm, homestead or croft – by or near the Stapol, post or pillar'".[1]

Coal mining[edit]

The Kingswood area first came into industrial prominence in the late 17th century, because of coal mining. Typical of these were coal fields in the Easton and Coalpit Heath/Yate areas.[2] The coal mining history still affects the town with gardens occasionally opening up. The local MP has petitioned in Parliament for full surveys of the coal mines under the town.

The clock tower in High Street, Kingswood
Kingswood Heritage Museum
Holy Trinity Church


  1. ^ Penny, John (2008). "Bristol Past". Fishponds Local History Society. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
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