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Bristol Bridge

This is not, as most people assume, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, but the ancient bridge crossing the Avon – now the Floating Harbour – in the centre of Bristol. This is from The Annals of Bristol by John Latimer: William Vick, wine merchant of Queen Square, died 3 January 1754. His will included several gifts, … Continue reading

Bridge of Dreams

Britain – in fact the whole world – is in economic and social slump, and yet strangely London is feeling optimistic. So much so, that actress and campaigner Johanna Lumley is proposing to get a new bridge built across the Thames.  Not just any bridge, but a place to wander, to get lost in your … Continue reading

A History of Everything

Well, not quite, but my book ‘The Big World of Mr Bridges’ Microcosm’ comes close. It is about an 18th century clock. But it is also about England’s rediscovery of information after the Reformation and Civil War. It is about education of the public, in particular of women, when the only people at universities were … Continue reading

Plugging My Books

This is a blatant attempt to tweak a few book sales, as they are just sitting around at home getting on each others’ nerves. I have written 17 books, with another one that needs working on. Theyare mostly local history, but I never do just local – whatever Iwrite about, I always try to place it within a wider … Continue reading

Knowing But not Knowing

Knowing But not Knowing

  This is the scene on Bristol’s Welsh Back, where the boats from Wales brought food to the city, near the bridge in the centre of the city. I had gone past these columns maybe thousands of times. I had researched the architecture of the area for years. I knew that at the end of … Continue reading

Water Dogs

Water Dogs

I apologise I cannot share with you the map I  am referring to by Jacob Millerd, of Bristol. I am thinking of a bigger, more detailed version of the many he produced, but this one from 1671 will give you an idea. The river Avon winds through the city, and is dotted with a wide … Continue reading

The Story of Bristol’s Eponymous Bridge

The Story of Bristol’s Eponymous Bridge

This is from a paper I presented at the Regional History Centre’s Symposium in 2010. For the full story of the Bridge, ‘Death and the Bridge – The Georgian Rebuilding of Bristol Bridge’ is available from me via Amazon. The kindle version is ‘Civil Engineering & Civic Apathy’ Bristol Bridge: Barometer of Bristol’s Prosperity The … Continue reading