Bristol, College Green 1887

Bristol, College Green 1887

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Originally, College Green was the burial ground for the Augustinian abbey, founded by Robert Fitzhardinge in 1148, and for a hospital, founded jointly by Maurice Berkeley of Gaunt and his nephew, Robert de Gourney. Bristol also had two hospitals for lepers: St Mary Magdalene's, Brightbow, was for women, while a similar institution for men existed to the east of the town boundary.

Memories of Bristol, College Green 1887

Tales Of College Green

This shows College Green and its grand posh upmarket shops, at a time in the past when parking wasn't a problem. Many famous people lived round the Green over the years including Mary Robinson; actress and mistress of the Prince of Wales, Sam Worrall; the town clerk taken in by the fraudulent Princess Caraboo and involved in the terrible Bristol Bridge massacre, and poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey In the eighteenth century it was a very fashionable residential quarter. By this century, it was a pleasant park surrounded by trees and railings. They once buried their dead here and made a few groats on the side by letting out the land for cattle and for a rope walk (a place where strands ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by Paul Townsend

Memories of Bristol

Bristol's Leaning Tower Of Temple

Pisa has its famous leaning tower - and so does Bristol, with its drunkenly off-vertical tower of Temple Church in Temple Street. The tower isn't on the stupendous scale of its Italian counterpart, it's true. But its prominent position by busy Victoria Street and its proximity to Temple Meads station make it ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by Paul Townsend

Shops I Visited

I can remember my parents taking me to a furniture shop at the bottom of Union St, opposite the cinema which a friend of my father ran. I have tried and tried to remember the name with no luck - it was in the late fifties - can anyone remember it.

A memory of Bristol by Jayne Hobbs

John Cabot The History

Cabot used only one ship with 18 crew, the Matthew, a small ship (50 tons), but fast and able. He departed on either May 2 or May 20, 1497 and sailed to Dursey Head, Ireland. His men were frightened by ice, but he forged on, landing somewhere, possibly on the coast of Newfoundland, possibly on the coast of Cape Breton ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by Paul Townsend

Denmark Street

During my search of my family history, I have discovered that a brother of my gran (Annie Brown nee Shill) owned a shop on Denmark street, Bristol. He ran a hairdressing business from 1917-1930. It was near to the Hatchet Pub, on a corner of the street. When his business closed for reasons I have yet to find out, the shop was ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by helen.jane
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