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History of Radstock

Radstock has been settled since the Iron Age and its importance grew after the construction of the Fosse Way, a Roman road. The town grew extensively after 1763, when coal was discovered in the area. Numerous coal mines opened during the 19th century, including several owned by the Waldegrave family, who had been Lords of the Manor since the English Civil War. Admiral Lord of Radstock, brother of George Waldegrave, fourth Earl Waldegrave, took the town's name as his title when created a Baron.

Museum

Radstock is home to the Radstock Museum which is housed in a former cattle market hall, and has a range of permanent and temporary exhibits which offer an insight into life in North East Somerset highlighting the 19th century.

Museum

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Mining

Coal was discovered in Radstock in 1763 and mining began, continuing until 1973, when the last collieries were closed at Lower Writhlington and Kilmersdon....

Mining

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Railway

Radstock has been home to two railway companies with two separate stations.  The Somerset and Dorset Railway ran from Bath’s Green Park Station to Evercreech Junction and Poole it was closed to passengers in 1966.

Railway

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