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Living in Oldland Common: The local area guide

A historic village neatly positioned between the cities of Bristol and Bath, Oldland Common appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 and has grown and changed throughout the ages to become the quaint residential area it is today.

Nestled in the heart of South Gloucestershire, Oldland Common is part of Bitton civil parish. Part of its allure is the fact that it’s within easy commuting distance of larger cities with well-connected public transport links, yet it also retains a distinct atmosphere all its own.

Friendly village public houses, independent retailers, schools, and churches all help to make up the local character of quaint, residential Oldland Common.


The village has grown and changed throughout the years, like many others in the area. The coal mining industry was important throughout South Gloucestershire, and in the 1800s Oldland Common was no exception. In fact, the village had its own coal pit on Cowhorn Hill where many residents earned their living. The coal mining industry may have come and gone, but many of OIdland Common’s 7,000 residents still work within the village limits. A good percentage also choose to commute into Bath or Bristol for work.

It’s considered to be an affluent area, and the unemployment percentage is 10% lower than the national average according to the Department for Work and Pensions. Along with this statistic is the fact that Oldland Common residents also have a higher rate of homeownership than England residents in general. Over one third of residents own their own home, and many work in professional or managerial roles.


One of Oldland Common’s most notable residents was Sir Bernard Lovell, the physicist and astronomer. The town’s secondary school bears his name. Sir Bernard Lovell Academy was once a foundation school, but has now achieved academy status and has become part of the Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust. In addition to this centrally located secondary school, students in Oldland Common may also choose to attend nearby King’s Oak Academy or The Grange School and Sports College.

Students at primary school level also have several options within Oldland Common, including Cherry Gardens Primary School and Redfield Edge Primary, which both have earned a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted in their most recent reports. St. Anne’s Church of England Primary is also located in Oldland Common and dates back to 1837, when it was named the Oldland National School. Like the other primary schools in town, it’s also rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in its 2014 report.


Getting around the Oldland Common area is simple whether you choose to travel by car, bus, or train. Motorists can access Bath or Bristol via main roads such as the A431. It’s a half hour drive into Bath’s city centre, or just under 25 minutes into Bristol.

There is no national railway station directly within Oldland Common, however, there is a stop for the historic Avon Valley Railway. This scenic three-mile journey takes place on traditional diesel or steam trains, traveling back and forth between Oldland Common and Bitton through the countryside. For destinations a bit further afield, the nearest station is 2.5 miles away in Keynsham.

This railway station provides regular services to Bath, Bristol, and London. Bus services are also available, with one of the most popular routes being the 17A between Bristol and Keynsham. It stops in Oldland Common 12 times a day throughout the week.

Amenities and shopping

Oldland Common may be relatively small, but it offers a selection of services and shops within the village limits. This includes tasty takeaways, a pet supply shop, a hardware shop, and a surfing gear specialty retailer. Residents also have access to a newsagent, convenience store, post office branch, pharmacy, and medical outlets.

There’s an Asda supercentre just a few miles away for further shopping opportunities, and Keynsham offers a broad range of high street retailers. Those seeking a more varied shopping experience don’t have to travel far to access shopping centres in Bristol, including upscale options like The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and Cabot Circus.

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