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A Bit About Keynsham
People have probably been living in the Keynsham area in Somerset since prehistoric times, and archaeological evidence has been discovered of a significant Roman presence in the area. In the Doomsday Book, the great survey carried out in 1086, it is listed as “Cainesham”, probably a reference to St. Keyne, a woman who allegedly lived along the banks of the River Avon.
A significant moment in the history of Keynsham was the building of Keynsham Abbey in 1170, which led to its growth as a market town. Keynsham saw significant activity during the 1600s during the Civil War, when it was occupied by Parliamentarians/Roundheads, then during the battles of the Monmouth Rebellion. Bridges Almshouses may have been constructed to serve the rebellion’s widows.
The famous chocolate factory opened in 1935 and was a major employer until its closure in 2011. The town was significantly damaged in the Great Flood of 1968, but measures have been put in place to reduce the flooding risk. Major expansion took place during the 2010s. Keynsham had a population of just under 20,000 in the 2021 census. Famous former residents include comedian Bill Bailey and cricketer Marcus Trescothick.
Location and Travel
Keynsham is found between the cities of Bristol and Bath in England’s West Country, on the banks of both the River Avon and River Chew. Keynsham Railway Station sits on the line between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington. Trains are available to Cardiff, or travelling south and east to Southampton, Weymouth and Brighton.
Six main bus routes run into Bath and Bristol, including Bristol Airport. A bypass now allows travellers on the A4 main road to avoid the centre of town. The closest motorway is the M32, which allows easy connection to the M5 and M4.
One of the main destinations in Keynsham is Memorial Park, home to various concerts and the Keynsham Music Festival. It includes green space, children’s play areas, a skate park, a picnic area, a café, community vegetable gardens and various sports courts. Sport in Keynsham includes the local cricket, rugby, football and hockey clubs and Memorial Park’s bowls club. The local leisure centre includes a swimming pool, gym and sauna.
Nature lovers may enjoy walking along the banks of the Avon or the Chew. Shopping includes well-known high street brands and local independents, including the traditional baker, butcher and greengrocer, interspersed with coffee shops and restaurants serving different cuisines. There are banks, a post office and multiple supermarkets. The second Saturday of every month sees a local farmer’s market. During November, locals and tourists visit the Keynsham Winter Festival.
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