History of the Yate & Chipping Sodbury area

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Beginning of Yate

Yate boasts a rich heritage going back 1300 years, but how did Yate develop from a small, cleared area in Kingswood Forest?

Yate Rectory

Great & the Good

Landholders employed many local people on their land and in their impressive homes, but some of them were violent rivals...

Farming in Yate

A Farming World

Farming has been at the forefront of Yate life for centuries, but why did so many of the farms disappear from the Yate area?


The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution had a profound effect on economic and social conditions in Yate. Mines, quarries, the railway and factories all brought growth to the area. Find out how Yate was affected during and after this period in our informative articles below.

Coalpit Heath Miners

Beneath our Feet

In the 19th century local firms took advantage of a wealth of minerals beneath our feet.

Yate Railway Station

Victorians and the Railway

The coming of the railway brought new businesses, organisations and residents.

Newman's Factory, Yate, Bristol

The Factory Age

The building of new factories during World War One had a lasting impact on Yate.

Yate Shopping Centre

The Modern New Town

In the early 1960s, the village of Yate changed dramatically and the local economy boomed.

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