The Brassworks Trail

Linking Stoke Park Estate, Duchess Gate in Stapleton to the 18th Century Brassmill and home to the Warmley Windmill, Grottoes and Gardens. Windmill café and Kingswood Museum.  This route named after the historic links between the two areas used regularly by Norborne Berkeley before he become Governor of Virginia in 1768.

Norborne Berkeley, Lord Botetourt (1717-70) who remodelled Stoke House (now known as The Dower House) and established the current structure of the landscape with the assistance of Thomas Wright of Durham (1711-86), Norborne Berkeley had investments in Champion’s Brass Works at Warmley House which is now The Kingswood Museum.

The Brassworks Trail is a new route linking the two areas via other parkland along the way and which Lodge Hill used by Kings through the ages is included as well.

It was during a short conversation with Steve England that Steve shared that Linden House was a windmill as well, which is so obvious while looking at it. The Kingswood Museum had the largest Windmill in Britain and this one in Stapleton would have been a spectacular as well and even now it’s a beautiful building.

I often wondered why the narrow route was created between Park Road in Stapleton and Beech House, never realising until now that this was the only route before it became a footpath, Barkleys Hill in history.

“The original entrance to The Grove was via a lane from Park Road which has reverted to a footpath, flanked and roofed as a subway and passing through a pennant stone arch beneath a drive which is now a dead-end. Entrance today is via a new road, which continues over the M32 to Heath House. The Elms is a day centre, fronting onto Park Road, Stapleton”.
Read more here.…

This is worth sharing again as well from 1912.
Read page 66, Heath House was preferred to Ashton Court Mansion House.. so Eastville Park which was born out of Heath House Estate was preferred to Ashton Court Estate by the owner.

From the Transactions of the
Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
An Account of the Heath House Estate, Stapleton Gloucestershire
by L. J. U. Way
1912, Vol. 35, 18-68
© The Society and the Author(s)


So onwards to The Brassworks Trail.

Unlike most trails, we’ll make the Brassworks Trail one of two routes but both connecting between the two estates of Stoke Park Estate and Kingswood Museum in Warmley.

Route One. 
Frenchay Park Road to The Drawmway

Route Two
Park Road, Stapleton to The Kingswood Museum