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The local area guide to living in Oldland Common

Positioned on the outskirts of Bristol, Oldland Common is a village offering residents a desirable location adjacent to both Bristol and Bath city centres. This historic village was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and today retains a quiet, residential ambience. Oldland Common is part of the civil parish of Bitton, in South Gloucestershire. With an attractive high street, the village offers close proximity to larger cities yet also has its own independent shops and services. There are several churches in town, including the St. Anne’s Church of England, as well as quintessentially English pubs and cafes.

Information about the local residents

Like many other villages in South Gloucestershire, Oldland Common was once an important centre for the coal mining industry. During the 1800s, the village had its own pit on nearby Cowhorn Hill. Many of today’s residents work in professional or managerial capacities, with a good percentage commuting into nearby Bristol or Bath. According to the Department for Work and Pensions, the unemployment percentage in Oldland Common is 10% lower than the national average, making it a relatively affluent area. The village also has a higher rate of homeownership than the national average, with over a third of residents owning their own properties. The population of the village stands at roughly 7,000 residents at the time of the latest census.

Nearby schools

Residents of Oldland Common are served by several primary schools, including St. Anne’s Church of England Primary, Redfield Edge Primary, and Cherry Gardens Primary School. St. Anne’s C of E was initially constructed in 1837, and was originally known as Oldland National School. Ofsted found it to be a ‘good’ school at the time of their latest inspection in 2014, with skilled teachers and well-behaved students being two of its greatest strengths. Redfield Edge was established in 1843 on the edge of the village, and it along with Cherry Gardens are both rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

At secondary school level, Oldland Common hosts a designated language college, opened by Sir Bernard Lovell. Sir Bernard Lovell Academy bears the name of this former local resident. Formerly a foundation school, it is now an academy and is part of the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust. The Grange School and Sports College and King’s Oak Academy are also located nearby.

Getting around

There is an Oldland Common railway station, which is a stop on the charming Avon Valley Railway, extending for three miles. These old-fashioned steam or diesel trains travel from Bitton to Oldland Common and back several times a day. The closest national railway station is located in nearby Keynsham, a mere 2.5 miles from the village centre. This provides services to Bristol, Bath, London, and to destinations throughout the UK. Public bus services link Oldland Common with Keynsham and other destinations in the region. The 17A is one of the most frequent bus services between Keynsham and Bristol, stopping in Oldland Common 12 times daily on weekdays.

Motorists can access Bath’s city centre in approximately half an hour via the A431, and it’s only 25 minutes into central Bristol.

Local shops

Bristol holds a variety of big-name shopping centres, including the high street names at Cabot Circus and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Yet, Oldland Common residents have a diverse range of shops and services available within the village limits, including several public houses. Indian and fish and chips takeaways are available for a quick meal, and an ASDA supercentre is within easy reach. Hardware, pet supply, and surf gear specialty shops are all located within the village’s limits. A convenience shop and newsagent is on hand for residents in need of basic sundries.

Further services in Oldland Common include a pharmacy, post office branch, estate agent, and physiotherapist’s office, and additional shops are located just a 5-minute drive away in the larger town of Keynsham.

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