Nailsea and District Local History Society was established in 1975 and aims to encourage and promote an interest in, and research into, the local history of the area.

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Nailsea has four football clubs, AFC Nailsea, Selkirk United, Nailsea United FC and Nailsea Town F.C.[51] The two clubs also organise junior football teams in the area, catering for under 8s to under 16s.[52] Nailsea Cricket Club was formed in the mid-1850s and runs six sides across senior, junior, and women's' cricket, covering an area of West Bristol and North Somerset.[53][54]

Secondary education is provided by Nailsea School (rebuilt as an Academy in 2009), and primary education by St Francis School, Grove School, Kingshill School and Golden Valley. Churches include the 14th-century Holy Trinity Church and Christ Church, which was built in 1843.

Nailsea was part of Long Ashton Rural District from 1894 to 1974.[15] It is now within the North Somerset unitary authority, which covers part of the ceremonial county of Somerset but it is administered independently of the non-metropolitan county. Its administrative headquarters is in the town hall in Weston-super-Mare.[16]

The Society is very much part and parcel of the community whose history it records. Various members of the society have helped people, from all over the world, with their enquiries about the history of the area

Nearby towns and villages include Backwell, Wraxall, Portishead, Clevedon, and Tickenham. Nailsea is 8 miles (13 km) from the centre of Bristol, and close to the tourist centres of Weston super Mare and Bath. It is 8.5 miles (14 km) by road from the port and service area at Avonmouth.

Mervyn Kitchen was born in Nailsea in 1940, He became an English first-class cricketer. In his playing days he was a left-handed batsman for Somerset County Cricket Club, making 15,230 runs in his 354 first-class games. He topped the county averages in 1966 and 1968. He went on to umpire in 20 Test matches and 28 One Day Internationals before retiring in 2005.[60] Another Somerset cricketer, Stephen Newton, was also born in Nailsea in 1853.[61]

The Old Farmhouse has a newly refurbished outside area, including a play area for your little ones. Activity sheets and a special menu are provided to keep all children entertained.

We open our season with FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS on 24th September. Funny and tender - Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant

The parish of Nailsea was part of the Portbury Hundred.[5] Little is known of the area occupied by Nailsea before the coal mining industry began, although it was used as a quarry in Roman times from which pennant sandstone was extracted.[6] The Romans otherwise ignored Nailsea from 40–400 AD, but left a small villa near Jacklands Bridge.[7]

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Bristol Airport is less than 10 miles (16 km) from the town centre.[43]

The 15th-century Nailsea Court, southwest of the town, is a Grade I listed building.[14]

The club meets at Mizzymead Recreation Centre, Mizzymead Rise, Nailsea BS48 2JJ as social members at a cost of £13.50 per annum. Table money is £2.00 for members and £2.50 for visitors.

Nailsea has a popular carnival annually which has been held since the 1960s, in which all of the local schools and Scouts participate. It also holds a very popular beer & cider festival also held annually at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Football Club which started in 2004. The festival holds over 160 local brews every year [34]

Michael Whittaker has written an article called Dummy Points. It shows how to value a potential dummy's points during the bidding sequence. He uses a hand from Thursday 18th August to make the point, but also mentions two other hands where with better valuation of dummy's hand, the game missed at most tables might have been bid. You can find the article under Hands of the Week.

The purchase of the Tynesfield Estate for the nation by the National Trust has led to an increased interest in the history of the area. Our journal has often contained items on the Estate by those, and about those, who were born or worked there.

One of Nailsea's best known celebrities was Adge Cutler, the Somerset folk singer, whose backing band was The Wurzels. He worked at the Coates cider factory.[59] The Wurzels' album Live at the Royal Oak was recorded at The Royal Oak, a public house on the High Street. Cutler is buried in Christ Church graveyard.[59]

The Bucklands Pool/Backwell Lake Local Nature Reserve, southeast of the town centre and close to the Nailsea and Backwell railway station, was constructed as a balancing pond in the mid-1970s, and has since become home to various wildfowl and dragonflies and a foraging area for bats. Bird species seen on the reserve include gadwall, shoveller, pochard, tufted duck, grey heron and mute swans.[21]

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Welcome to The Old Farmhouse in Nailsea which is steeped in history. This beautiful public house offers all of its customers a great experience. From the contemporary yet traditional atmosphere created through the décor to the fresh homemade and hearty menu available.

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Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Football Club's 1st XV play in level 8 of the RFU league system as of 2012, and the 2nd XV in Somerset 2 North (level 10).[57][58]

Monty and Marianne, alongside their team will ensure you have a memorable visit. So if you are meeting friends, colleagues or family and want to enjoy a great experience; The Old Farmhouse is the perfect place.

The gymnast Charles Sederman, who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics, was born in Nailsea in 1881.[62]

The Society is open to all, and we meet on the second Monday of the month at Nailsea School. Here we have talks on wide range of subjects of interest to local people. In 2003 we were closely involved in the production of a new video "Nailsea - Bottle Green and Coal Black" on the History of Nailsea.

The name of the town may be derived from the Old English for Naegl's island,[3] although it has also been suggested it was spelt Naylsey in 1657.[4]

The Society is also very active in raising awareness of, and ensuring proper consultation in, development matters that may impact on the historical landscape of Nailsea and the surrounding district.

With Bristol only a short distance away The Old Farmhouse is a great location to visit. If you are planning a party, special family occasion or business reception we can cater for any dietary requirements and create an event to meet your needs.

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Professional golfer Chris Wood grew up in Nailsea, and currently resides there.[63]

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