This page will give updates and information on the progress of the Heritage Trail and the erection of Boards around the village which tell the story of Bridgtown’s Industrial, Commercial & Social History.


Board No. 1 –

Churchbridge Locks & Gilpins Factory


Heritage Trail board 1 - Churchbridge

It is now in place outside the Costa Coffee outlet on the island at Churchbridge.  Why don’t you drive in and have a good look at it?  This is the first of many such signs that we plan to have erected around our local area.  We are currently working on two more.  One will be in North Street and one by Longford House.  It is a long job to get these things done as we have to find funding and get planning permission in every case.  However, we are determined that our proud heritage will be remembered.

Board No. 2 -

Whitehouse “Hedgehog Works” Edge Tool Factory

011 at Walsall Rd

This board is situated on Walsall Road, opposite the Virage Tower & the new “Range” Store. It is now a very nice housing estate but we and the Parish & District Councils and developers Galliford Try have been instrumental in commemorating the Industrial past of this piece of land. As with Gilpin’s, Cornelius Whitehouse works was world reknowned for its edge tools . It’s “Hedgehog” patent stamp appears on the internet sales sites from around the world with people still using and buying their tools.