BRISTOL RECORD SOCIETY
Links to Electronic Resources
Henry Bush, Extracts of Key Primary Sources Illustrative of the Local Taxation of the Town of Bristol, from the Thirteenth Century Onwards (Bristol, 1824) [British History Online edition, sponsored by the BRS]
Clifton College, The
History of Saint Agnes Parish, 1876-1890 (Arrowsmith, Bristol, 1890)
Susan Flavin & Evan T. Jones (eds.), Sixteenth-century Bristol customs accounts transcribed in EXCEL workbooks (2008)
Alexander Higgins, ‘The Establishment of the Head Port of Gloucester, 1565-1584 (Mphil Thesis, University of Bristol, 2012) [Reproduced with permission of the author: University of Bristol website]
William Hunt, Bristol (Historic Towns) (London, 1887) [BRS archive.org]
Evan T. Jones, 'Bristol Shipping Industry in 16th Century' (PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh, 1998) [Reproduced with permission of the author: University of Bristol website]
Evan T. Jones (ed.), Bristol Annal: Bristol Archives 09594/1 (version 30 Sept 2019)
[This is a draft annotated transcription that will be updated periodically. Photographs of the manuscript (137 MB) have also been made available with the permission of Bristol Archives. This was done so that researchers can check the transcription against the photographs and to reduce the need for scholars to consult this fragile manuscript.]
C. M. MacInnes, A Gateway of Empire (Bristol, 1939) [BRS archive.org. Digitisation sponsored by Dr John Reeks.]
C. M. MacInnes, Bristol at War (London, Museum Press, 1962) [BRS archive.org]
Thomas John Manchee (ed.),The Bristol Charities, being the report of the commissioners for inquiring concerning charities in England and Wales, so far as relates to the charitable institutions in Bristol. Vol. I (T. J. Manchee, Bristol, 1831) [BRS archive.org]
Thomas John Manchee (ed.), The Bristol Charities, being the report of the commissioners for inquiring concerning charities in England and Wales, so far as relates to the charitable institutions in Bristol. Vol. II (T. J. Manchee, Bristol, 1832) [BRS archive.org]
[e-published by the BRS with permission of the author’s children/heirs, 21 MB file]
Patrick McGrath, The Merchant Venturers of Bristol: A History of the Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol from its origin to the present day (Society of Merchant Venturers, Bristol, 1975) [BRS archive.org]
‘William Morgan’s Annals of Bristol, 1246-1687’ [BRS archive.org] in William Tyson, The Bristol Memorialist (Bristol, 1823), pp. 38-44, 115-122, 189-201, 287-293.
George Newcomb, Annals of Bristol, containing a List of the Mayors, Prepositors, Bailiffs, and Sheriffs, from the commencement to the Present Time; together with Chronological Notices of such Remarkable Events as have Transpired in the City during a period of Six Hundred Years (Bristol, 1834)
[e-published by the BRS, 53 MB file]
J. F. Nicholls, The Remarkable Life, Adventures and Discoveries of Sebastian Cabot of Bristol, the Founder of Great Britain's Maritime Power, Discoverer of America, and its First Colonizer (Sampson Low, son and Marston, London, 1869) [BRS archive.org]
E. R. Norris Mathews, Bristol Bibliography: a catalogue of the books, pamphlets, collectanea, etc., relating to Bristol, contained in the central Reference Library (1916)
C[live]. M. Senior, A Nation of Pirates: English Piracy in its Heyday (Newton Abbot, 1976) [BRS archive.org. Digitisation sponsored by Dr Richard Stone.]
Paul Slack, 'The
Local Incidence of Epidemic Disease: the Case of Bristol 1540-1650' in Slack,
Paul (ed.), The Plague Reconsidered:
A new look at its origins and effects in 16th and l7th Century England
(Local Population Studies Supplement, 1977)
William Tyson, The Bristol Memorialist (Bristol, 1823) [archive.org]
George Warner (ed.), The Libelle of Englyshe Polycye: a poem on the use of sea power (Oxford University Press, 1926) [BRS archive.org. Sponsored by the BRS in honour of Prof. Peter Fleming]
James Walter White, The Flora of Bristol: being an account of all the flowering plants, ferns, and their allies that have at any time been found in the district of the Bristol coal-fields (John Wright and Sons Ltd. Bristol, 1912) [BRS archive.org]
H. J. Wilkins, Edward Colston [1636-1721 A.D.]: A chronological account of his life and work together with an account of the Colston Societies and memorials in Bristol (J. W. Arrowsmith Ltd., Bristol, 1920) [BRS archive.org]
Links: Electronic Publication of Visual Works
In August 2020, the Bristol Record Society received a generous donation from Anistatia and Jared Brown to sponsor a new element to our Digitisation Initiative: the high-resolution digitisation and electronic publication of 17th-18th century topographical prints of Bristol. The prints come from the collection of the Society of Merchant Venturers and are being made available on a Creative Commons Licence (CC BY). Any use can be made of the images, in whole or part, provided users attribute the Society of Merchant Venturers and the Bristol Record Society in any publications. The digitisation was carried out by Jamie Carstairs, University of Bristol.
Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, The South East Prospect of the City of Bristol (London, 1734) [80 MB tif]. Sponsors: Anistatia and Jared Brown.
Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, The North East Prospect of the City of Bristol (London, 1734) [80 MB tif]. Sponsors: Anistatia and Jared Brown.
James Millerd, Map
of Bristol: 1728 version (Bristol, 1728). [63 MB tif]. Sponsors:
Anistatia and Jared Brown.
· Border images: All Saints Church & Tolzey, Bristol Bridge, Castle, Cathedral, Cathedral Great Gatehouse, Corn Market, Custom House, Great House, Great House in Redcliffe, Guildhall, High Cross, Hotwells, St Mary Redcliffe church, Merchant’s Hall, Prospect of Bristol, Prospect of Bath, Queen’s Crest, Royal Crest, Severn map, St Stephen’s church, Tolzey.
Links: The Bristol Branch of the Historical Association: Local History Pamphlets
From 1960-2007, the Bristol Branch of the Historical Association issued a series of 120 pamphlets aimed at making Bristol’s history available to a wider audience. For most of the period the pamphlet series was produced by the Department of History, University of Bristol. In its later years this endeavour was led by the Regional History Centre, University of the West of England. Many of the contributors were academics or local scholars. Every pamphlet was subject to peer review by academics from the Bristol branch.
In 2007 the Bristol branch of the Historical Association went into suspension. The pamphlets ceased to be issued and became increasingly difficult to obtain. Given that they contain a huge amount of valuable research, the Bristol Record Society, in collaboration with the re-established Bristol branch of the Historical Association (2017-), started making digitized copies of the pamphlets available free of charge in March 2019. Duplicate copies can also be found on the Bristol HA website. All copies have been subject to Optical Character Recognition. This makes it possible to search them, copy text and use screen reading software.
In all cases the copyright of the pamphlets remains with the original authors, or their heirs – albeit no fees or royalties were ever paid to the authors, either for the original editions or any re-prints. Where possible, we have sought to contact copyright owners of these pamphlets. To date we have succeeded in contacting the copyright owners of 41 pamphlets – all of whom were pleased to see their pamphlets reproduced this way. If you are the copyright owner of any title and wish to confirm your willingness for us to e-publish it this way, or to say that you would rather not have the item made available, please email Dr Evan Jones: the Digitization Officer for both the BRS and the BHA.
This initiative is dedicated to Dr Joseph Bettey, formerly of Extra-Mural Studies at the University of Bristol. For decades Joe was heavily involved with both the Bristol Record Society and the Bristol Historical Association. He is the author of seven of the pamphlets and was an Editorial Advisor to the Bristol HA pamphlet series to its very end. Joe is also the author of two BRS volumes and numerous other local history publications. We admire all the authors of the pamphlets for their selfless work and also pay tribute to Peter Harris, who was central to the production and distribution of the pamphlets from the start. The BRS feel that Joe, however, deserves special recognition for his decades of dedication to Bristol scholarship and public engagement. No modern scholar has done more to bring Bristol’s history to a wider audience.
Note: Many of the pamphlets were reprinted. The digitized versions found below were taken from the best available copy, which may be a reprint.
Links: Notes on Bristol History
From 1953-1971, the University of Bristol’s Department of Extra-Mural Studies (later, Department of Adult Education) produced nine volumes of document transcriptions and mini research studies. These were typed-up, a small number were copied and they were then deposited at local libraries. The standard of the work is variable, so the user would be wise to employ the material with caution. Nevertheless, the Notes do contain document transcriptions and basic research not found elsewhere. Since few are aware of this resource, details are reproduced below, including the Bristol Reference Library ID: