Bristol, Royal Victoria Convalescent Home 1901

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Caption for Bristol, Royal Victoria Convalescent Home 1901: One of Bristol's more flamboyant characters was Richard Smith, chief surgeon at the Royal Infirmary, and a councillor from 1835 to 1843. His hobby was to write a rhyme relating to the career of every local criminal who had been executed and then sent to him for dissection. He would then bind the pages in the skin of the unfortunate felon.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

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Bristol's High Street scene of many strirring events in Bristol's history the heart of the city was destroyed and lost forever in 1940. As a city with docks and industry at its heart, Bristol was a natural target for German bombing during World War Two. The German Luftwaffe were able to trace a (...Read full memory)

The High Street - the scene of many stirring events in Bristol's history and the heart of the city - was destroyed and lost forever during the Second World War. As a city with docks and industry at its heart, Bristol was a natural target for German bombing during the Second World War. The German Luftwaffe were able to (...Read full memory)

Frys former chocolate factory once stood in the Union Street/Pithay area (later moved production to Somerdale Keynsham). J.S. Fry & Sons Ltd merged their financial interests with Cadbury in 1919. The earliest records of J.S. Fry & Sons go back to 1728, when a Bristol apothecary called Walter Churchman (...Read full memory)

I was born on the 24th of July 1929 above a shop next to a pub called the Rose of Denmark, in Hotwells, Bristol, very convenient for Father to wet his whistle and my head at the same time. Father was born in 1893, Mother in 1895. They were married on the 9th August 1924. My older brother John was born in 1927. Two months after (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Bristol, Royal Victoria Convalescent Home 1901: One of Bristol's more flamboyant characters was Richard Smith, chief surgeon at the Royal Infirmary, and a councillor from 1835 to 1843. His hobby was to write a rhyme relating to the career of every local criminal who had been executed and then sent to him for dissection. He would then bind the pages in the skin of the unfortunate felon.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

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