Tagged with Bristol history

Rough Justice

Justice often showed little justice. This is truly horrific.  It is also a reminder of The Black Act, whereby property was deemed of more value than human life or injury to humans. This is from John Latimer’s Annals of Bristol for 1755 The Bristol Journal of July 19th records that a soldier, convicted of stealing … Continue reading

6Music and Bristol History

Last weekend the extraordinarily wonderful 6music festival took place in my former home town of Bristol. I didn’t go but I was intrigued by how the various DJs responded to the city. Radcliffe and Maconi seemed pretty well informed about the place and were, like most of their colleagues, keen to visit the boat-venue The … Continue reading

A Book Review on National Radio!

A Book Review on National Radio!

I sent a copy of my ’13 Fascinating Walks in Central Bristol’ to Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconi as they will be in Bristol for the 6 music festival in a few weeks. They were delighted by the walks, guide, calling it “Truly a lovely thing” and threatened to do at least one of the … Continue reading

The Dawn of Gas

Throughout human history, light has been crucial to humans – whether lack of natural sunlight preventing crops growing, or light to work and read. People had to make do with oil lamps or rushes dipped in fat, or the more expensive candles, the finest of which were made of beeswax, and in buildings that could afford … Continue reading


This is a word that is common enough, but it offers no clues as to its origins – it doesn’t look or sound like any particular language or time. My Chambers dictionary of many years ago defines it as ‘any small ingenious device; a what-d’ye-call-it, origin obscure.’ the current Oxford Dictionary offers little more, but … Continue reading

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

The Last Uprising

As the Scots approach their referendum for independence, here is how the city of Bristol responded to the Scottish defeat at the battle of Culloden, the last battle to be fought on British soil and the end of the Scottish claims to the crown. Yet another reminder of how people threw themselves into celebrations back … Continue reading