The King s Wood was historically a royal hunting estate, covering approximately 18 square miles with the Saxon hamlet of Stapleton just north of the Forest on the banks of the River Frome. Later the Forest was adjoined to the Manor of Siston, which was granted to Roger de Berkeley by William the Conqueror as part of the Berkeley Estate.
Kingswood was well known for coal mining with its history in the industry beginning in the Middle Ages. Bristol was dependent on the area for its coal supplies with it fuelling the early industrial successes of the City including Brass Copper, Glass, Potteries, Distilleries and Sugar Refineries. By 1700 there were around 70 pits working with over 300 houses homing those involved in the mining or transportation of coal.
The coal mining directly resulted in the growth of Kingswood s boot and shoe industry with miners working as gardeners, tailors and shoemakers in addition to the mining; developing skills led to the growth of a strong cobbling tradition within the area of small family-run units. By the early 1900s, Kingswood was home to over 50 shoe factories, employing over 11,000 workers; it was the third largest centre for boot making in Britain.
Kingswood was also home to the Douglas Motorcycle Factory, at one point in the early 20th century it was the largest motorcycle factory on the world. The factory produced 70,000 motorcycles for the military during the First World War.
The housing stock here is very diverse ranging from purpose built apartments to larger period family homes. The office has properties on the market suitable for first time buyers, clients looking to downsize or upsize, and investors alike with prices from 100,000 to 1 million. We also currently manage a growing portfolio of varied properties, with rentals in the area ranging from 400 to 2000 per calendar month.
Facilities, Education & Health
The area is largely residential with Kings Chase Shopping Centre and Kingswood Leisure Centre both located centrally within the town.
Kingswood is ideal for families, offering ten primary schools, two secondary schools, Kings Oak Academy and John Cabot Academy, and Kingswood Library. Located on the main high street itself are numerous dentists, doctors and opticians. There are also numerous schools and health centres in the neighbouring postcodes.
Located to the East of Bristol just four miles from the city centre, Kingswood is perfectly placed for convenient access to A4174 Ring Road, M32, M4 and M5 motorways. Regent Street is also on the main bus route into Bristol City Centre.