Wednesday, 26 March 2014


Been reading a small books by a local historian - Annals of Two Manors (Old and Little Sodbury) - sadly no longer in print, but available from our local library. The book gives the history of the manors since Saxon times.

It mentions the events surrounding the building of the 2 mile long GWR tunnel just up the road in 1897, which for a time brought prosperity to the locale - along with "much drunkenness and dissolution" on the part of the Irish navvies. 

Apparently the original route was a couple of miles to the north of Old Sodbury, but the Duke of Beaufort, whose Badminton estate it ran through, had the route changed so as to not be too close to his house.

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