Keen times in Keynsham
The historic town of Keynsham in Somerset sits between Bristol and Bath. This medieval market town is the former home to the Cadbury’s chocolate factory and is one hundred and seventy-six miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough. So, you can explore the sights and still visit our store in person. Check out the amazing range of e-liquids and vaping accessories as well as our clothing line. You won’t find a better selection for your money and be sure to visit regularly to get the most out of our offers, contest and the latest additions to our selection.
History and lore
The town takes its name from Saint Keyne who may have lived there, on the banks of the River Avon in the 5th century. Legend says that St. Keyne was warned by the local king that the area was swarming with snakes, making it uninhabitable, but after her prayers the snakes were turned to stone.
The area where Keynsham now stands has been occupied since prehistoric times and there is evidence of two roman settlements nearby. Numerous ruins have been discovered around the town and it is believed that the site might be the location for Trajectus, a lost Roman settlement.
The remains of a grand Roman villa were discovered during the construction of Durley Hill Ceremony in the Victorian Era. Construction went ahead and the remains of this large, thirty-room villa are now beneath the cemetery, although several elaborate mosaics have been excavated since then.
More than a dozen Roman buildings have been uncovered at the site of the Somerdale Chocolate Factory. Other artefacts as well as the remains of a man and woman held in stone coffins have been discovered along with further mosaics.
There was likely an Anglo-Saxon settlement at Keynsham as well as a 9th century church. The Domesday Book records the town as “Cainsham” and some believe that the town’s name is derived from the Old English “Caega’s Ham” rather than Saint Keyne.
Keynsham Abbey was founded in the 12th century over the site of the previous Anglo-Saxon church. The settlement developed into a medieval market town and the Abbey remained an important religious centre until Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.
During the English Civil War Keynsham supported the parliamentarian forces. The Roundheads saved the town from Royalists and camped there, using the pub now known as the Lock Keeper Inn as a guard post.
When the Duke of Monmouth tried to overthrow King James II during the Monmouth Rebellion, Keynsham was the site of a battle between loyalist and rebel forces. The Bridges Almshouses were built in town during the same year and are believed to have been constructed for the widows of those killed during the rebellion.
As you explore the beautiful Keynsham surroundings, consider a trip to the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough. Our store is the ideal place to stock up on your favourite e-liquids and check out our fantastic selection for new treats to try. Visit regularly to catch the latest offers and sign up for our contests. In addition to the great range of e-liquids, we also have a new clothing line and all the best accessories.
One of the first things you’ll notice when visiting Keynsham is the beautiful countryside. There are plenty of walking and hiking trails nearby or you could visit one of the parks and gardens. The riverside Keynsham Memorial park has a playground and cafe as well as picturesque open spaces. Or take a short trip to the Botanical Gardens at Victoria Park in Bath.
In addition to a selection of great pubs and restaurants, Keynsham also hosts the annual Keynsham Music Festival. This week long event is one of the largest free music festivals in the country and covers every genre from opera to rock and roll.
Avon Valley adventure and Wildlife Park is home to a variety of wildlife as well as indoor and outdoor activities. Check out the reindeers, ride the miniature railway or enjoy a walk through the stunning countryside.
The town’s location in the beautiful Chew Valley and nestled between Bristol and Bath means there are a wealth of attractions and sites of interest nearby. Visitors are just a few miles from historic sites, museums and amusement parks as well as theatres and a range of shopping outlets.
Take a trip to the historic Roman Baths of Bath to explore this remarkably preserved example of an ancient, religious spa. Part of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, these natural hot spring attract over a million visitors each year.
For more of the region’s incredible past, visit one of the wonderful museums nearby or experience naval history in Bristol. Explore the of lovingly restored SS Great Britain and learn about Brunel and the ship that changed the world. Or discover The Matthew, a replica of a 15th century ship that sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland.
Bristol Old Vic is a short drive from town and is well worth a visit. Built in the 18th century, Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world and remains an iconic part of the city. And the Old Vic is just one of the many theatres in the surrounding area that includes the Theatre Royal Bath and Bristol Hippodrome.
If you’re looking for more places to shop, take a trip to Cabot Circus Mall or Cribbs Causeway for a huge selection of retail outlets. In addition to cafes, restaurants and bars, visitors can explore almost three hundred stores across both sites, so you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for.
Don’t forget your Vape
When you visit Keynsham and experience everything the region has to offer, remember to bring your favourite e-liquids. Take a trip to the Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough to stock up on new flavours as well as checking out the newest additions to our amazing range. While there you can also take a look at our new clothing line for t-shirts and hoodies with great designs.