Royal York Crescent

Crescent walk

Ever walk along Royal York Crescent? Admiring the views, the architectural facades of past wealth, maybe peering in through the windows to get a peek at life on the otherside? (I’m yet to see James McAvoy or Rebecca Hall clatter onto the paving – bonus points if you get the reference). Continue reading Royal York Crescent


19th September – ‘Talk Like a (Bristolian) Pirate Day’

Yo ho me hearties, 19th September is ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’. Start the arrghs and shiver your timbers, already I bet your starting to sound like a scowling Westcountry Farmer. Why ? And given that the Golden Age of Piracy was nigh on 300 years ago how can we know that this is historically accurate?

Well, kinda. Yes and No.

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Tyntesfield Inspired Shaun – Featured post from

So Who is doing the Shaun Trail? Come on ‘fess up. 120 original and imaginative designs. But what inspires the artists. Well one at least was inspired from amongst the collection from Tyntesfield. Meet Willow.

Rhiannon Southwell and Willow 2 (c) National Trust - Barry Batchelor

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Bristol Harbourside – 10 Things

Bristol harbourside, a panoplex of sights, sounds and smells; music, bars, art and of course boats. Now we all know the big attractions, but as you are venue hopping for Bristol HarbourFest, via foot or ferry, here are 10 historical gems you may never have known or noticed.

Bristol Harbourside Festival 2015 Map

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Elizabethan Seaman

You may recognise this fellow………

Elizabethan Seaman (2)

Set in his pose, deep in thought this ‘Elizabethan Seaman’ stands in pride of place in front of the main entrance to Bristol’s City Hall (formerly known as the ‘Council House’ for those who are happy to acknowledge that we don’t live in a 1950s American detective series / Gotham).

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Bombing in Bristol

You don’t have to look far to see the physical impact of WW2 in Bristol; the myriad of concrete greys in Broadmead; the skeletal shells of St Peter’s church standing sombrely alone in Castle park and across the river the spectral vestiges of Temple church leans into the silence that separates it from the busy thoroughfare of Victoria street just metres away.

All of these, in their own way, starkly show the total devastation caused by the bombers. But on top of this, personally, there are two scars, a splinter and some pock marks, which every time I see them bring home to me the sheer force these incendiaries smashed Bristol and its inhabitants with.

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