A History of Bear Flat Retail

This web-page is currently under construction

Bear Flat has long had a strong association with retail and its diverse range of shops and other outlets have evolved over the years to suit the needs of the community.  The area as it was in the 1980s is featured in the BBC Domesday project, whose website states “because of the wide variety of shops it is hardly necessary to go into town”.

Local historian John Toplis has been researching the changes in Bear Flat retail over the 20th century, through a mixture of the memories of local Bear Flat residents and through researching the rate book records at the Bath Record Office.  His results are available via the various links below.  The work is ongoing and you may have your own memories or images of shops gone by.  If you would like to contribute to this project,please do contact us at the History Group website history@bearflat.org.uk

Chaucer Road

Devonshire Buildings

Hayes Place
Number 1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7

Milton Avenue

Wells Road:
Number 122,  124,  126,  128,  130,  132,  134,  136,  138

Wellsway East (odd numbers):
Numbers 1,  3,  5,  7,  9,  11,  13,  15,  21,  23,  33,  61-73, 75 / 75A,  127,  139,  141,  143

Wellsway West (even numbers):
Numbers 2, 4,, 6,  8,  10,  12-16,  20,  22,  30,  32,  34,  50-52