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now been replaced by service industries.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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