St George and East Bristol in general are blessed with many green spaces where it is possible to escape the hustle & bustle of city life and to almost forget that you are only a few miles from the City Centre.
In the 1600s the area was part of the Kingswood Forest royal hunting ground but from the 1700s it became an important industrial area with Kingswood coal supplying copper smelting & other industries alongside the River Avon. East Bristol industries were a major factor driving Bristol’s growth to become England’s second city.
The two chimneys on Troopers Hill are the most significant physical remains in St George; nearby we also have the Kingswood Heritage Museum at Warmley on the site of the brass works built there by William Champion.
Champion’s Brass Works at Wamley is now also houses a theatre and theatre company – Brass Works Theatre.
Later this month they are putting on a new play that highlights our industrial past:
The Deep Pit
by Adrian Harris & Brass Works Theatre
By the 18th century, Kingswood’s coal miners had earned such a fearsome reputation that the Anglican evangelist George Whitefield met with the mocking challenge, ‘If he will convert heathens, why does he not go to the colliers of Kingswood?’
The mine workers and their families needed to be tough to survive dirty, dangerous lives in and around the pits where they were subjugated and exploited.
Deep Pit finds the Crew family continuing the coalface struggle in 1848. Jonathan and Elizabeth have already lost a son to the deadly underground conditions, and now their daughter Mary is treading a treacherous path with Henry Knight, the mine owner’s son…
Suitable for ages 14+
Performances run from 21st October to 8th November, 7.30pm Tuesday to Sunday with a matinée on Saturdays.
You can find out more about the area’s history here: