Excursion No 3: Wednesday 10th June 2020 (Evening)
A Walk around Pensford Village
Excursion Leader: Les Hayes
Phone: 01225 312510
The evening stroll commences at the Memorial Hall in Pensford which lies in rural splendour by the banks of the River Chew
The tour will be led by local historian, Hilary Cox.
Pensford’s importance grew with the medieval wool and textile trades and in the 14C the largest cloth market in Somerset was in Pensford. Later industries included coal, a dairy, a tannery and the railways which have all left their mark. Many buildings date from this period.
The most dominant feature is the stupendous railway viaduct – 30m high with 16 arches it is Grade II listed – you may still be able to buy it – for £1! It and the railway lines closed in 1968 as the collieries shut down.
In 1968 the Chew Valley experienced devastating floods with 7 – 10 inches rain falling in 7 hours. Pensford suffered severe damage as did other villages in the Chew valley and the bridge over the A37 was washed away.
Meeting time and place.
We meet at 19:15hrs in the Memorial Hall car park, High Street/Publow Lane – post code BS39 4HW.
Directions from Bath: A4 to the Globe roundabout. Proceed on A39 past Bath Spa University and continue via Marksbury. Straight at traffic lights onto A368 and at Chelwood roundabout turn right onto A37 towards Bristol, at the bottom of the hill in Pensford turn right before crossing the River Chew into High Street and bear left onto Publow Lane the Hall and car park are on the left .
Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.
Please remember that you are responsible for your own safety and by joining the BACAS excursion you do so at your own risk.
Maximum participants – 20
Latest booking date – 31st May
Members priority booking until 10th May
Cost: members priority £6 / non-members £8