Downend Local History Society Summer Walks and Visits 2017

These have now been completed   The  new  programme will be  available in the new year.

Tuesday 9th May - Underfall Yard, Cumberland Road, BS16XG - Cost 3

We have arranged a visit to this unique site which will be led by one of their guides and will take in the Pump Room,

Workshops and Sluice Room. There are different ways of touring the site to avoid steps etc. so please advise if you

have any preference. We start at 10.30 am. and the visit should last at least and hour and half.

There is no parking on site - details of buses, ferry etc are available on website or in the leaflet. For Blue Badge

holders Sarah at the Yard is willing to talk through options individually - please see Gill to discuss.

Booking at April meeting only,

Tuesday 6th June - Leigh Court (BS8 3RA) and Abbots Leigh - Cost 7

This whole day visit will start at 11.00 am at Leigh Court, where we will hear from the estate manager, see a few rooms and then explore the grounds. We move on to Abbot Leigh village where, amongst other things, we will see the Manor House (1750's), the Chantry (1831) and the pub (1600's). Murray Stewart, who spoke to us on Leigh Court in November, will be our guide for the day. We are looking at options for lunch (not included in the price) and more details should be available at booking. Parking is available at the Court and in the village. The village website is a good source of information -

Tuesday 27th June - The New Room, Broadmead - cost 9

Entering from the Broadmead side (opposite Boots) for a 2.00 pm start, our visit will begin with an introductory talk which will explain the significance of the New room as the oldest Methodist building in the world and the work begun by John Wesley in Bristol. Also included is access to the new Visitor Centre/Museum and the coffee shop should be open by then I

Tuesday 25th July - Dursley Walk - Cost 3

Meet under the Georgian Market House at 7.00 pm for a 1.5 to 2 hour walk around this fascinating market town. We will be lead by Andy Barton of the Dursley and Cam Society and will explore the history, industry and buildings of the town. Free parking available in front of Dursley pool (The Pulse - GL114BS) - restricted to 3hrs up to 6.00 pm. Toilets in Sainsburys which is next to the car park. A wealth of information can be found at


Please do not bring children or dogs to any of the outings and wear sensible footwear. Partners and friends are welcome, if there are spaces after DLHS members are accommodated. Own transport is required for all visits but if you require a lift please let us know at the time of booking. The Barn cannot accept responsibility for any accidents should they occur.


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