UK Travel Guide



Fishponds in Somerset

Located by the River Frome, Fishponds is a suburb of Bristol. This old mining town and excavation site was named after the two fishponds that were made from seventeenth century quarry pits dubbed New Pooles. The ponds have since been drained and built upon. The northern edge of Fishponds features two large parks, Eastville in the west and Oldbury Court Estate, also known locally as Vassals Park, in the east. Both parks border the river and a scenic path connects the two together. The trail parallel ancient ditches that were once used to drive water wheels for the mills of the town. The Snuff Mill, or Whitwood Mill, is the only one remaining. Volunteers restored this historical landmark in the 1980’s.