About the Villages

Overview

Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath are villages in South Gloucestershire situated about 8 miles to the north-east of Bristol. Frampton Cotterell developed as a settlement along the banks of the River Frome from which it takes part of its name. Coalpit Heath grew from a nearby coal mining community though little sign remains today of its industrial past.

The two villages have gradually merged into one community, though Coalpit Heath is mostly in the civil parish of Westerleigh. The boundary between the parishes runs through the middle of the residential area and some streets considered locally to be part of the village of Coalpit Heath lie within the Frampton Cotterell civil parish. To further add to the confusion, the ecclesiastical parish of St Saviour's Church, Coalpit Heath includes part of the village of Frampton Cotterell!

On the map below, the Frampton Cotterell parish boundary is shown (approximately) in red. For anyone interested in seeing the boundaries in detail, a large scale map showing the civil parish boundaries is displayed in the Brockeridge Centre in Woodend Road. Also you can see the ecclesiastical parish boundaries on the St Saviour's Church website.

Parish boundary

 

More information

Village Action together with the Local History Society have produced a booklet (Heritage Walks) which describes seven walks around the villages and the local countryside and contains a wealth of historical information about the area. 

Frampton Cotterell and the neighbouring hamlet of Watley's End were at one time at the heart of the English hatting industry. The Hatters' Trail booklet contains further information and takes you on walks around some of the remaining historical sites.

Printed copies of the Hatters' Trail booklet (price only £1 each) are available from the Brockeridge Centre in Woodend Road. Unfortunately the Heritage Trail booklets have sold out and are no longer available. However you are welcome to print a copy for your own use. 

The Local History Society has also produced two books containing a photographic record of Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath. These are available via Amazon or locally (contact us for details).

 
  

Descriptions of Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath can also be found in Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.