Tagged with Joseph Leech

Still Grieving Lost Children

Still Grieving Lost Children

This is really sad, from Joseph Leech’s Rural Rides, from the churchyard at Keynsham, though the author could have been a bit more diplomatic: My attention was attracted by 2 very antiquated crones, who came hobbling towards me over the graves which, in the course of nature, they ought to have long since filled; both … Continue reading

Feathers in his Buttonhole

This is from ‘Rural Rides of the Bristol Churchgoer, by Joseph Leech, from 1844. I love this. “St Augustines is but indifferently off in free seats. I occupied one of four near the West entrance. In the same set with me was a strange character, a poor insane, fantastical, harmless fellow in a ragged grey … Continue reading

Bedminster Children

For most of Bristol’s history, the region south of St Mary Redcliffe was outside the city limits, but when The Floating Harbour was built in 1805-9 a large number of Irish navvies moved into the low lying area of what is now Bedminster. It seems many of them settled and were joined by the near … Continue reading

Ophelia of the West Country

Here’s a story from one of my favourite local history books, ‘Rural Rides of the Bristol Churchgoer’ by local newspaper editor Joseph Leech. In 1843 & 4 Leech visited churches in the Bristol region anonymously, and published his  reviews, much to the terror of local vicars. the results are a wonderful insight into the art … Continue reading

The Perambulating Cross

The Perambulating Cross

“Show me a thorough Bristol antiquarian, and if I want to melt him into grief or excite him into indignation, I have but to mention the Cross, and he is moved;” Bristol’s High Cross was a  major civic and religious site, of public announcements such as the births, deaths and coronations of monarchs, of war … Continue reading