History resources

A growing selection of published material, both historical and contemporary documents relating to the house and estate, and published research conducted by KWAG and others.

Some of these files are quite large. Please be patient while trying to download them.

Primary historical sources

Will of Sir Robert Southwell, 1702

Correspondence on gardening between Sir Robert Southwell and John Evelyn 1684-5

List of Pictures at Kingsweston – 1695

Inventory of Kings Weston House contents 1777

1833 auction of all Kings Weston’s furniture, held at Kings Weston Inn (Bristol Record Office)

1833 auction of all the books of prints sold from Kings Weston (Bristol Record Office)

1833 auction of all the artworks, plate and paintings sold from Kings Weston House (Bristol Record Office)

1834 auction of the library of historical manuscripts from the library at Kings Weston (Bristol Record Office)

1834 auction of the library of Kings Weston House (Bristol Record Office)

1833 estate agent’s particulars

Kings Weston description by P. Egan 1819

Country Life – Gardens old & new 1889

1905 Kings Weston Estate marketing brochure for Avonmouth

Kings Weston Red Cross fund-raiser 1916

1937 auction catalogue for the contents of Philip Napier Miles’s Kings Weston House (Bristol Records Office)

Country Life article 2008

Architectural drawings of Penpole Lodge

Drawings of the brewhouse and loggia

Newspaper articles charting the post-war changes at Kings Weston

Published Research

Descriptions of Kings Weston in the Georgian Era (translated by Professor Richard Coates

First World War exhibition posters 2014

Avon Gardens Trust Journal 2014 – New insights on old views

Avon Gardens Trust Journal. The Great Court & Penpole Lodge, Russel J

Avon Gardens Trust Bulletin, Summer 2014 – New documentary discoveries 

Kings Weston Geophysics report Jan 2012

Sir Godfrey Kneller and the Southwell and Cromwell families. Paintings relating to Kings Weston

Geophysics resistivity survey results, march 2017

Ground Penetrating Radar geophysics report, Great Court, March 2017

Ground penetrating radar results, Grid 1 (29Mb)

Results of Ground Penetrating Radar, Grid 2, (15Mb)

Kings Weston Estate Farms, Richard Coates, 2018 (currently unavailable)

Katherine Farm, Avonmouth – Desk-based Assessment

Kings Weston Iron Bridge Heritage Statement 

Investigating the View Garden – Volunteer archaeological work in the Kings Weston walled gardens 2024