About the Society
Society exists to promote an interest in local history and in
particular that of Downend, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and the newer
areas such as Emerson's Green. These areas were originally all in the
ancient parish of Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire.
Local History Society is a Society of the Downend Folk House
Association. Between October and Easter it holds meetings at Lincombe
Barn, Overndale Road, Downend, on the third Tuesdays
of the month, starting at 7.30 pm. Current membership of DFHA is £12.10 a
year with an additional charge of £1.50 per member paid for each meeting, and for membership of the Folk House itself a further £17.00
who enrol each autumn enjoy a programme of talks (usually totalling 12)
by visiting speakers and Society members and have access to an
excellent local history library of nearly 700 books. In the
summer, organised walks and visits to places of historic or
archaeological interest are arranged.
well as arranging talks, summer visits, and exhibitions, the society
maintains a large collection of around 2000 historic photographs. From
time to time it also publishes book and monographs.
Currently the membership stands at almost 90
Visitors are welcome to attend winter meetings at a cost of £3 per meeting
The Society is affiliated to the Avon Local History Association.