Yate is a rapidly growing parish town in the South West of England, just 11 miles north east of Bristol's city centre. Yate was originally a village and its history goes back many centuries to medieval times.
It's not until the 1960s that the village expanded into a town as it experienced an explosion in its population, thanks to the growing number of businesses in the wider region and partly as its attraction as a commuter town for Bristol. Today Yate's population stands at some 21,000.
Yate shares a border with and is contiguous with the village of Chipping Sodbury to the east and sits on the south west of the limits of the Cotswold Hills. Yate's expansion has also seen it spill over into the nearby parish of Dodington, which puts the urban population at around 35,000. Yate is reached easily via the A432, which runs from Bristol straight through the centre of the town.
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Like nearby Bristol, Yate played an important role in the Second World War, manufacturing gun turrets (the town was bombed by the Luftwaffe several times). Yate's industry has also been associated with the three raw materials that can be found surrounding it; limestone, coal and Celestine (which is used in the refining of sugar beet as well as in the production of pyrotechnics, signal flares and tracer bullets). At its peak, Yate accounted for 95% of the world’s celestine production.
Yate boasts a shopping centre with a number of well known high street brands, including Boots, Halfords, Argos, Superdrug and Marks & Spencer. After losing its cinema in the early 1980's a new multi screen Cineworld cinema opened in the town in 2016.
Yate continues to grow and has 5000 new homes earmarked to be built by 2026.
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