Victorian Yate


David Hardill, the Community Heritage Officer for Yate Council, will provide an understanding of the changes to Yate in the Victorian era.

Before the 1840s, local industrial production was small. The only available transport was a horse drawn tramway connecting Yate to the Bristol Channel. In the mid 1800s, the Bristol and Gloucester Railway Company, built railway lines around Yate.

The new railways brought with them a growth in mining and quarrying. Yate collieries had their own tracks, connecting them to the main railway network. Locals used the railway to transport: - coal, lime, building stone, livestock and later Celestine. The railway encouraged growth in Yate. Station Road was developed with new shops and businesses The population doubled between 1840 and 1860. New residents came to Yate, who built impressive new houses such as the Gathorne Hill family at Poole Court.

Wotton-under-Edge Civic Centre

2 Gloucester Street, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7DN

Friday 31st March 2017 at 7.30pm


              Visitors welcome

        Non-members £5 on the door

The Historical Society

If you are interested in local or family history and want to meet others with similar interests, The Historical Society and Heritage Centre is the organisation to join. By becoming a member you will also be able to attend our lectures as well as participate in the many social events, excursions and other activities we sponsor throughout the year. In addition you will receive our annual journal and newsletters.

Please visit the Society page to find out more.