Category Archives: Bristol

Bristol 1944: Coffee, Doughnuts and a Forgotten Soldier

A few years ago one of my students found a metal tag in the grounds of Bristol School of Art in Clifton. She had been in the military and recognised it as an American military dog-tag from the Second World … Continue reading

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Post-War Modern: A Concrete Greenhouse

During the Second World War prefabricated building design and technology developed very rapidly. In Britain manufacturing was tightly controlled and many small companies learned new skills in the process. Hendy Quarry in South Wales was probably one of these and … Continue reading

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Another Kiln: The Pott House, Bedminster, Bristol

A late 18th to mid-19th century redware pottery called The Pott House, was excavated in Boot Lane, Bedminster, Bristol in 2002.  The closure of Bristol and Region Archaeological Services has been as sad day in the history of archaeology in … Continue reading

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Bridgwater Jugs – 19th Century ‘Severnside’ Redwares

On Facebook’s British Country Pottery Collectors group page recently a number of people have been sharing and discussing a particular group of 19th of early 20th century redware jugs. They are typical of the broad family of shapes made around … Continue reading

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Bristol’s Modernist Architecture – Queen’s Court

Queen’s Court, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol In 1937 a large triangular site on Queens Road in Clifton, a hundred yards uphill from the landmark Victoria Rooms became the site of the first large-scale luxury block of flats built in Bristol. … Continue reading

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Bristol’s Modernist Architecture – The All Electric House

The All Electric House – Stoke Bishop, Bristol. I have been writing an essay about Marcel Breuer and his involvement with Bristol furniture manufacturers P E Gane Ltd in the 1935-6. Breuer was one of a group of designers and … Continue reading

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Tyntesfield, Somerset – The Plant Pots

Tyntesfield, just outside Bristol was acquired by the National Trust in 2002. Built in the 1860s by the Gibbs family it was largely funded by a trade in South American bird guano as fertiliser. The house and estate was in … Continue reading

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