I Church Path Road / Heywood Road

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 Churchpath Road, Heywood Road, Eastern side of Springfield Road, Heywood Terrace Bull Lane and The Moorings

The housing in most of this area  was developed in the Edwardian. 1901 to 1910.

Chorchpath 2  Chorchpath 1

Churchpath Road was a new road, built as the name implies on the line of a path across fields that lead towards Saint George’s church. Car parking is a particular problem in Churchpath Road, the street taking the parking of some of the residences of Heywood Road where parking is impossible.

Springfield Rd 1  Springfield Rd 2

Edwardian terrace on springfield road  Springfield Rd 3

The Edwardian terrace on Springfield Road is very similar to housing on the north western side of Heywood Terrace. It would appear that Springfield Road and the terrace of houses on the south eastern side has been cut into the slope of the hill causing the ground on the opposite side of the road to rise steeply and not developed with houses and bungalows until several decades later.

Bull Lane  Bull Lane 2

Bull Lane is an ancient sunken lane, one of the oldest roads in the village.

  The Moorings

A renovated and extended 1930s bungalow in The Moorings. The moorings is more modern the oldest buildings are bungalows dating back to the 1920/30s but most of the housing is later, built in the 1960/70s. This area was once orchards belonging to Wilmotts Farm.

HISTORY

The Edwardian development would seem to relate to greater prosperity in the village at the beginning of the 20th century.

All the houses have front and back gardens. Several houses in Churchpath Road are known to have belonged to Bristol channel pilots who would have been amongst the better off inhabitants of Pill

  Churchpath Rd 3

Use of stone distinctive of Edwardian houses in Churchpath Road

Many of the Edwardian houses have a similar building style of horizontal banding with door and window surrounds in Bath stone filled in with darker grey/red green pennant sandstone in between.

The Bath stone may have come from either Combe Down or Box close to Bath. Quarries along the river Frome on the eastern edge of Bristol was a source of much locally used pennant.

TRAFFIC

Heywood Road is part of the spine road to the village and carries much of the traffic.

Church Road is also a through road and because it is straight some drivers are tempted to speed along which has caused least one serious accident.

Bull lane is relatively quiet and The Moorings – a cul de sac more so.

WILDLIFE

The gardens and garden pondsare colonised by a wide range of birds mammals, insects and amphibians.

Foxs take a fatal interest in chicken and pet rabbits.

Hedgehogs can be heard mating in flower borders.

Dragonflies an exotic moths find places to breed. A large group of swifts can be admired screaming about the skies.

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