KWAG Newsletters

KWAG regularly keeps its members up to date with newsletters. These detail our current progress, future plans, and titbits of the history of the park and house. Browse through  our back-issues here.

2020

KWAG November 2020 Newsletter 85

  • Big Bulb Plant report, Iron Bridge Update, Are you a Lark Ascending family, First photo and first plan of Kings Weston.

KWAG October 2020 Newsletter 83

  • More work in Echo Wood, Big Bulb Plant preparations, WWII artefacts uncovered, Fragments from the old Bristol Bridge.

KWAG September 2020 Newsletter 82

  • Straightening the Echo Path, Postcards from Kings Weston, Stone survivals from the Tudor house.

KWAG August 2020 Newsletter 81

  • Working parties recommence, work during the pandemic, developments with ownership at Kings Weston house, Historic travelling case and contents donated.

KWAG July 2020 Newsletter 80

  • Coronavirus pandemic and the park, Planning a return for working parties, cafe news, Family connections wit h the Kings Weston History.

KWAG May 2020 Newsletter 79

  • Coronavirus pandemic update, Spring newcomers in the woods, Ash die-back, WWII remembered, A Georgian view uncovered.

KWAG April 2020 Newsletter 78

  • Retracing our steps at the Echo, Coronavirus information, daffodils put on incredible display, past Easters at Penpole Point.

KWAG March 2020 Newsletter 77

  • Future Working Party projects, new painting of the parkland, bulbs ready to blow, Historic document surfaces at auction.

KWAG February 2020 Newsletter 76

  • Planting round Penpole Wood, more tidying, Restoration of Echo Walk, Keeping on top of the margins, Leeds visitors keen on Kings Weston, A Century of Lark Ascending.

KWAG January 2020 Newsletter 75

  • Tidying round Penpole Wood, new dates for history walking tours.

2019

KWAG December 2019 Newsletter 74

  • More working party progress in Penpole Wood, Iron Bridge update, Kingsweston Hill in history

KWAG November 2019 Newsletter 73

  • Big Bulb Plant success, Cutting through the rumours: News from the house, Up on the roof: A hidden history

KWAG October 2019 Newsletter 72

  • Doors Open Day report, iron Bridge News, New benches, Lost chandelier up for auction, notice board in the cafe, The Echo: Baroque Ruin.

KWAG September 2019 Newsletter 72

  • Tidying up on Penpole Point, Iron Bridge options,

KWAG August 2019 Newsletter 71

  • Retracing our steps with laurel clearance III, Parks Restructure, Penpole Lane Planning, Know Your Place website

KWAG July 2019 Newsletter 70

  • Retracing our steps with laurel clearance II,Important news on the Iron Bridge, more benches installed, Wildflowers run wild, Preserving the memory of Penpole Lodge

KWAG June 2019 Newsletter 69

  • Retracing our steps with laurel clearance, Statue remade, Possible Penpole Pond, a new sketch, John William Miles: Last in a political dynasty

KWAG May 2019 Newsletter 68

  • Final act above the quarry garden, Iron bridge planning update, Shirehampton Park: A park for the people

KWAG April 2019 Newsletter 67

  • Kings Weston and the Sea Mills centenary, Iron Bridge Planning application made. Urban buss flower meadow, and laurel clearance update

KWAG March 2019 Newsletter 66

  • Laurel clearance continues at the Quarry garden, Spring bulbs in flower, News updates in briet, New paintings come to light

KWAG February 2019 Newsletter 65

  • More above the quarry garden, Iron bridge update, Third edition of the estate guide published.

KWAG January 2019 Newsletter 64

  • Fall and rise of Kings Weston stables, keeping on top of the copses, metal detecting concerns, walking tour dates, Continuing above the quarry garden

2018

KWAG December 2018 Newsletter 63

  • Working party results above the Quarry Garden. planning and bridge updates, New bench on the South Walk, WWI images discovered.

KWAG November 2018 Newsletter 62

  • Bulb Plant report, more planning battles at Penpole Lane, Secret Nature Report, WWI Remembered.

KWAG October 2018 Newsletter 61

  • Doors Open Day report, Hinkley Point investment confirmed.

KWAG September 2018 Newsletter 60

  • Special working party project, Planning updates, archaeology at the Georgian Arbour

KWAG August 2018 Newsletter 59

  • completion of the yew walk restoration, preparing for Doors Open day, music at the house, balustrade completed, drought continues, plan to survey an historic site.

KWAG July 2018  Newsletter 58

  • Continuing on the yew walk, Penpole Lane update, Georgian boundary stone rediscovered, Photographic reminiscences from the 1960s

KWAG June 2018 Newsletter 57

  • Restoring the yew walk, developments on the Penpole Lane site, Fabulous wildflowers, The farms of the Kings Weston Estate

KWAG May 2018 Newsletter 56

  • Penpole Lane problems, Work around the Scout’s Chapel, news updates from around the estate, how yew trees tell us about the park’s history.

KWAG April 2018 Newsletter 55

  • Last stop for laurels, Replanting Penpole Wood, Southwell’s and the Slave Economy, Vanbrugh letter arrives in the archives, Sale of Home Farm moves to auction. .

KWAG March 2018 Newsletter 54 

  • More laurel clearance, Iron Bridge protest, some short updates, Walled Garden renovations, the Police’s time at Kings Weston house

KWAG February 2018 Newsletter 53

  • More laurel clearance, Iron Bridge protest, some short updates, Walled Garden renovations, the Police’s time at Kings Weston house

KWAG January 2018 Newsletter 52

  • Return to the laurels in Penpole Wood, Philip Miles portrait for sale, Home Guard in Home Park.

2017

KWAG December 2017 Newsletter 51

  • work on the meadow margins, National Award for chairman David Martyn, Great Court consultation, history of the verge plantation.

KWAG November 2017 Newsletter 50

  • Big bulb plant 2017,new bin installed, Iron Bridge update, Vanbrugh Exhibition at the library, the appeal of Penpole Point

KWAG October 2017 Newsletter 49

  • Finishing the Echo Wood, Garden works at the house complete, Growing concern on Penpole Lane, Tree graffitti

KWAG September 2017 Newsletter 48

  • More laurel clearance in Echo Wood, Iron Bridge update, Doors Open Day report, Last of the Miles’s

KWAG August 2017 Newsletter 47

  • Working party beyond the echo path, Historic Home Farm on the market, Sponsored benches update, New theories on Kings Weston’s Roman Landscape.

KWAG July 2017 Newsletter 46

  • More South Walk views, Help sponsor a bench, Brief update on Penpole Lane, The Echo Plinth and a Roman influence.

KWAG June 2017 Newsletter 45

  • Urgent help needed to combat panning on Penpole Lane,Making connections on the South Walk, Home Farm reveals hidden history, Forty years of resistance: Preserving Kings Weston

KWAG May 2017 Newsletter 44

  • Working party on the ancient avenue, Iron Bridge update, New steps at the Echo, Doctor Who at Kings Weston, Big Bulb Plant blooms, Beating the Bounds at Penpole Lodge

KWAG April 2017 Newsletter 43

  • Archaeology day results, walking tour announcement, tree planting, a new painting found, and spies on the Kings Weston estate!

KWAG March 2017 Newsletter 42

  • Update on garden developments, bulbs putting on a show, new steps plan, finalising laurel clearance.

KWAG February 2017 Newsletter 41

  • The Circle completed, forthcoming events, Lely painting returns, Newly found historic sketch

KWAG January 2017 Newsletter 40

  • More laurel clearance, working party dates 2017, evergreen shrubs, and Ordnance Survey points

2016

KWAG December Newsletter 39

  • More laurel clearance in Penpole Wood, developments around the house, 1950s school memories, A delve into the museum stores

KWAG November Newsletter 38

  • Big bulb plant report, KWAG is Five years old! Kings Weston takes centre stage at heritage forum conference, British Library paintings made public, Kings Weston as war hospital.

KWAG October Newsletter 37

  • 4th annual big bulb plat, Doors Open day report, Warning of forthcoming woodland work, Restored balustrade and garden news, Iron Bridge update.

KWAG September Newsletter 36

  • Natural Spacing below the house, Doctor Who at Kings Weston, Big Bulb Plant 2016, The Echo returns, More on the Echo.

KWAG August Newsletter 35

  • Working party progress at the Great Oak, development plans need feedback, News in brief, An intriguing Italian perspective, The statue and the “artificial cave”

KWAG July Newsletter 34 2016 

  • Working party progress at the walled garden glasshouse, missing link in Penpole woods path finished, Ongoing research on Wood Lodge, tree tracking, and the history of the Echo, and a stonework discovery at the glasshouse.

KWAG June Newsletter 33 2016

  • Working party progress at the walled garden, Walled garden open day success, The rise and fall of Queen Elizabeth Hospital School at Kings Weston.

KWAG May Newsletter 32 2016

  • Working party progress on laurels in Penpole Wood, first Walkfest report, National Listing for the war memorial, Felled Limes removed, Round the Back Front: a history of a forgotten part of the estate

KWAG April Newsletter 31 2016

  • Pushing back the laurels in Penpole Wood, sapling planting in the wood, preparing for the walled garden open day, tree felling on the lime avenue, historic photos of Scouts in Penpole Wood.

KWAG March Newsletter 30 2016

  • Laurel work for Forestry Commission in Penpole Wood, War memorial put forward for national Listing, Ethel Thomas Collection newly available at Bristol Archives.

KWAG February Newsletter 29 2016

  • Natural spacing and laurels along Penpole Avenue, Planning application in place for house gardens, KWAG cited in Council heritage strategy, Historic photos of Napier Miles at home.

KWAG  January Newsletter 28 2016

  • Bad news for the ancient lime avenue, natural spacing along Penpole Avenue, Georgian Viewing Terrace Wall Listed, A history of Shirehampton War Memorial.

2015

KWAG Newsletter 27 December 2015

  • Last of the lifting the curtain on the South Walk, Council tackle decades of encroachment, WWI Military tournament at Kings Weston, Vanbrugh’s castle gateway to the Great Court.

KWAG Newsletter 26 November 2015

  • The Iron Bridge badly damaged, Big Bulb plant at the concrete steps, Historic England concern over Listed buildings, new online archive heritage resources.

KWAG Newsletter 25 October 2015

  • Copleston Warre Bampfylde painting discovered, Lifting the curtain on the South Walk, Army Cadets and the Battle of Shirehampton, Doors open day and Capability Brown conference report, Riddle of the sphinx.

KWAG Newsletter 24 September 2015

  • Lifting the curtain at the concrete steps, Georgian Lily pond problems, WWII in the Home Park and recent finds.

KWAG Newsletter 23 August 2015

Heritage Angels Award nomination, Lifting the curtain on the South Walk IV, walking guide relaunched, Junior Park Run, Shirehampton pines and Penpole Scouts badge.

KWAG Newsletter 22 July 2015

  • Lifting the curtain on the South Walk III, Flowers bloom on the Echo Walk, house facade windows restored, Lady de Clifford’s flowers.

KWAG Newsletter 21 June 2015

  • Lifting the curtain II, tree walk report, terrace meadow returned,  dark revelations on the slavery history of the Southwell family.

KWAG Newsletter 20 May 2015

Lifting the curtain on the South Walk, incredible efforts in Jubilee Clearing, recent nature walks, bluebell riot, Wood Lodge drawing acquisition, historic carriage mystery solved.

KWAG Newsletter 19 April 2015

  • Penpole Wood steps complete, Kings Weston -Versailles of Bristol?

KWAG Newsletter 18 March 2015

  • Continuing work n Penpole Wood steps, bulb explosion, To conserve, enhance, and inspire: KWAG’s recent grant application work, scattered finds, archaeology on Penpole Woods steps.

KWAG Newsletter 17 Feb 2015

  • New map board installed, continuing work on Penpole Wood steps, new Kings Weston delivery group, Tudor House animation, Avonmouth: Unruly child of Kings Weston? 150th anniversary of the township.

KWAG Newsletter 16 Jan 2015

2014

KWAG Newsletter 15 December 2014

KWAG Newsletter 14 November 2014

KWAG Newsletter 13 October 2014

KWAG Newsletter 12 September 2014

2013

Since 2013 our Newsletters have changed format.

KWAG newsletter 11 – Autumn 2013

KWAG Newsletter 10 – Spring 2013

KWAG Newsletter 9 – Winter 2013

2012

KWAG newsletter 7 – Autumn 2012

KWAG Newsletter 6 – Summer 2012

KWAG Newsletter 5 – Spring 2012

KWAG Newsletter 4 – Winter 2012

2011

KWAG Newsletter 3 – Autumn 2011

KWAG Newsletter 2 – Summer 2011

KWAG Newsletter 1 – Spring 2011