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NAILSEA SPOTLIGHT

WELCOME TO NAILSEA

Nailsea is a town in the unitary authority of North

Somerset within the ceremonial county of Somerset,

approximately 8 miles (13 km) to the southwest of

Bristol and about 11 miles (18 km) to the northeast of

the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. Nailsea is a

commuter town with a population of 17,500.

The town was an industrial centre based on

coal mining and glass manufacture, which have

now been replaced by service industries. The

surrounding area of the North Somerset Levels

provides wildlife habitats including theTickenham,

Nailsea and Kenn Moors biological Site of Special

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Lake Local Nature Reserve. Nailsea is close to

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operated by First Great Western.

Nailsea’s early economy relied on coal

mining, which began as early as the 16th

century. The earliest recorded date for coal

mining in Nailsea was 1507 when coal was

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late 1700s the town had a large number of pits.

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reformer Hannah More who founded a Sunday

school for the workers. The Elms Colliery, (Middle

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of an 18th-century colliery left in England, is now

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at Risk Register produced by English Heritage.

Remains of the old pits, most of which had closed

down by the late 19th century as mining capital

migrated to the richer seams of South Wales, are

still visible around the town.

The coal mines attracted glass manufacturer

John Robert Lucas, who in 1788 established a

glass works that became the fourth-largest of its

kind in the United Kingdom, mostly producing

low-grade bottle glass. The works closed down

in 1873, but “Nailsea” glass is still sought after

by collectors around the world. The site of the

glass works has been covered by a Tesco

supermarket car park, leaving it relatively

accessible for future archaeological digs. Other

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sand to ensure that the remains of the old glass

works are preserved.

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