Saints, Crooks and Slavers.

“The new series of ‘A House Through Time’, on BBC2, explores the history of 10 Guinea Lane in Redcliffe and its past residents. The show also urges its viewers to research previous occupants of their own home. Peter and Sue Cullimore did exactly that, after their Georgian property in Montpelier was shortlisted for the TV series. The couple have now written a not-for-profit book, ‘Saints, Crooks & Slavers’, about their own colourful but forgotten predecessors at 60 Fairfield Road. These include: a Quaker philanthropist with slavery links, a shady French aristocrat, and sisters who ran early schools for destitute girls. It’s an alternative house through time, from a current resident’s perspective. The book also gives practical tips on house history research, based on Peter and Sue’s steep learning curve.

‘Saints, Crooks & Slavers’, published by Bristol Books, is available direct from the authors for £12. Contact Peter on Messenger, email, or text/call 07730 493872, to arrange delivery.”

More pamphlets about local history

We have an excellent range of local history pamphlets on our website but you may also be interested in another excellent selection of local history pamphlets. The ALHA (Avon Local History & Archaeology group) have a 27 titles for sale on their website:

Most of them are about £3.50 each.

One of our members Alan Clarke has written a booklet entitled ‘Taking the Pledge: the Temperance Movement in Bristol 1830-1914.

Pub Quiz reminder and new local history book

1. Reminder. The virtual pub quiz is on Sunday 26th April at 7 pm. Please see attachment for instructions

2. Peter Cullimore has just published a book entitled ‘SAINTS, CROOKS & SLAVERS’ about his house in Montpelier, Bristol. Think BBC ‘A House Through Time’. If you would like a copy (£10 each) please contact him by email or telephone 0117 9557744. He will deliver each copy by hand to places within walking distance of Monpelier as part of his daily exercise. For every copy sold £1 will go to the NHS. They can post them for an additional charge of £2.

Virtual Pub Quiz April 26th

Richard and Sally are organising this NATIONAL HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION event.

Our lectures will be rescheduled for the 2020-2021 season. The Acton Court tour on Sunday 10th May has been postponed to Sunday 20th September.

Goldney postponed. Programme suspended until further notice

It is with great sadness that our programme is being cancelled until further notice.The university have asked us to ‘postpone’ the Goldney visit that was due to take place on Sunday 22nd March.
We are hoping a normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
Thank you for your forbearance.We hope that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
Keep Safe. Bristol Historical Association

Wednesday off. Sunday on.

Dear Bristol HA members, national HA members and other folk who have expressed an interest in our activities

24 hours is a long time in the affairs of the Bristol HA. We are afraid we are going to have to cancel our Wednesday event (Dr Richard Stone’s talk). The university is closing on Wednesday afternoon and we feel it would be best to postpone the talk.
Nevertheless the Goldney tour (a smaller event and mostly outside) is going ahead next Sunday. Please let Rob know if you want to join the tour.Thank you for your forbearance.
Rob Pritchard Bristol Historical Association

The other ‘house through time’

Peter Cullimore has been in touch with us about a forthcoming book entitled ‘Saints, Crooks and Slavers: History of a Bristol House and its People’

Here is his story……..

As you probably know, the history programme ‘A House Through Time’ returns to BBC2 this year for a new series, this time in Bristol. Imagine your Georgian home in Montpelier is shortlisted, but eventually pipped at the post, in the selection process. You then do further detailed research and discover a lot more amazing stories about its past residents.

What next? You write a book about the experience, of course! All this has happened to my wife Sue and me. Our book, entitled ‘Saints, Crooks and Slavers: History of a Bristol House and its People’, is being self published with the help of a not-for-profit local publisher, Bristol Books. We think it’s the first to combine guidance for the reader on how to research their own house history with great case studies from a real example.

We hope you’ll spread the word among your members, in advance of publication this May or June (date not yet fixed). We would love to share with other history enthusiasts the stories of fascinating, but unknown, characters who’ve occupied our house in the past. (So far we’ve lived here, at 60 Fairfield Road, for 33 years.)

These people include: a French aristocrat whose parents were guillotined in the 1789 Revolution; a Quaker businessman and philanthropist, with slavery links, who was ruined by the outbreak of war while trying to build our house; the Misses Phippen, contemporaries of Mary Carpenter, who ran their own schools for girls from poor families.

Male egos at the court of Elizabeth I

Professor Susan Doran’s incisive and lively talk on the male rivalries surrounding Elizabeth I

Professor Doran of Oxford University spoke to a large audience in the new Humanities Lecture Theatre at 7 Woodland Road about the males at Elizabeth’s court across the decades of her reign.  She presented a series of case studies of the rivalries which Queen Elizabeth had to deal with.  In a lecture illustrated by Tudor portraits she introduced the characters of Leicester, Sussex, Nottingham, Norfolk, Burghley and his son Robert Cecil and less powerful but equally intriguing figures like Philip Sidney, Southampton, Oxford and Walter Ralegh.  Male status and ego were very much emphasized and the idea that this was a reign riven by faction was challenged by Professor Doran.  The audience was a mixture of Bristol Sixth Formers and adults and after our Q & A session many sixth formers stayed behind to ask their own questions to Professor Doran.