Medieval Bristol Walk

We managed to complete our Medieval Bristol tour the day before gatherings were restricted to six people. It was a sunny Sunday as Rob Pritchard led 15 Bristol HA folk around the alleys and back passages of the medieval city.

We started in Castle Park and then followed the line of the city walls finishing back at Bristol Bridge. There is some support for the idea of bringing back the High Cross from Stourhead!

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.