View from Yate Heritage Centre

April 27 2015

One of the most exciting aspects of local history is new research into our local towns and parishes.

View from Yate Heritage Centre

One of the most exciting aspects of local history is new research into our local towns and parishes. Yate and Sodbury are privileged to be the first areas in South Gloucestershire to have the Victoria County History treatment, which will provide the most detailed history of our areas yet produced. Past historians such as Percy Couzens and Pat Alcock created fantastic histories of our area during the 20th century. However, history constantly evolves and with both professional researchers and local volunteers involved in these new projects, our local historical knowledge will advance further than ever before.
 The Victoria County History in South Gloucestershire
Rose Wallis, Contributing editor for Yate and the Sodburys
This summer, the Victoria County History of Gloucestershire will publish its first history on the South of the historic county. The forthcoming history of Yate sees the continuation of a national project started more than a century ago, to write a history of England, county-by-county, parish-by-parish.
Yate has a rich and varied past; its development as Gloucestershire’s first new town in the post-war era masks its long rural and industrial history. Indeed, studying Yate provides a lens through which to view many of the significant events in our national heritage, and how they shaped a single community. The new book endeavours to encapsulate this story, charting the parish’s development from the pre-Roman to the present day.
Research for the history was made possible by the generous support of South Gloucestershire County Council, the Yate and District Heritage Centre, and a group of hard-working local volunteers. Thanks to the continued support of the Heritage Centre, and the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, work in the area is moving forward. Research is underway on the ancient manors of Old and Little Sodbury, and the town of Chipping Sodbury, whose urban history dates back to the end of the 12th century. Although providing quite a contrast to Yate, the history of the Sodburys and its neighbour have been intertwined for centuries – from competing claims to Medieval markets, to their development as part of the expanding Bristol region in the modern period. Together, these new works draw out the diverse and intriguing history of this area.
Your VCH needs you!
If you would like to be involved in the Sodburys project, please contact Rose Wallis, contributing editor for Yate and the Sodburys, on: vchsodburys@gmail.com
More information on the VCH in Gloucestershire can be found at: www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/gloucestershire
70th Anniversary
Yate Heritage Centre launches its World War II 70th Anniversary season. Highlights include
11th May – 7.30pm – Lecture Jim Elsworth discusses the history of US soldiers in Chipping Sodbury 1942-1944. Please book.
13th May – 4th July Second World War in Yate and Sodbury exhibition featuring the history of local soldiers, POWs, evacuees and refugees.
16th May – Yate Oral History Project invite you to see their World War II collections at Yate Heritage Centre.
6th June – 10.30-4.30pm - Second World War 70th Anniversary History Day with WWII demonstrators, activities and period entertainment.
9th June – 7.30pm – Professor Neil Wynn charts the history of Black GIs in Gloucestershire 1942-1944.
The above have been funded by Yate, South Gloucestershire and Dodington Councils plus Hansons Aggregates.