Frog Lane

Geographic position

51.4600° N, 2.5833° W


Fundraising Tour of Great Britain


"Frog Lane Colliery—Coalpit Heath." The Bristol Post.; ”History of Coalpit Heath #1 Frog Lane Pit.”;; Thompson, Trevor. “Coal Mining at Coalpit Heath in the 1840’s.

General note

Frog Lane is a street located in the city of Bristol, England. Like other neighborhoods in this area, it was the site of surface coal workings, bell pits and adits, as early as the 13th century, and throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Then, in 1853, a deep coal mine was sunk there called the Frog Lane Colliery that operated productively for a century; it was the last of the deep South Gloucestershire pits to be closed. Many miners lived in cottages in the area, who, in early generations, were uneducated and disenfranchised. During the revivals in the early to mid-18th century, their plight attracted the attention of John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, who preached to huge crowds nearby on Coalpit Heath in the open air. Given the revivalists’ influence in the area, it is not surprising that in 1766, on his fundraising tour, Occom was scheduled to preach at a church on Frog Lane to raise money for the Indian Charity School.