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Links: Electronic Publications of Bristol Records and Secondary Works

William Barrett, The History and Antiquities of the City of Bristol: compiled from Original Records and Authentic Manuscripts (Bristol, 1789)

[archive.org]

 

Alfred B. Beaven, Bristol Lists: Municipal and Miscellaneous (Bristol, 1899) [archive.org]

 

Joseph H. Bettey, Bristol Observed: visitors’ impressions of the City from Domesday to The Blitz (Redcliffe, Bristol, 1986)
[e-published by the BRS with permission of the author, 27 MB file]

 

Francis B. Bickley (ed.), The Little Red Book of Bristol (Bristol, 1900) Vol. 1 [archive.org]

 

Francis B. Bickley (ed.), The Little Red Book of Bristol (Bristol, 1900) Vol. 2 [archive.org]

 

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]

 

Wendy Childs, Anglo-Castilian Trade in the later Middle Ages (Manchester University Press, 1978)

[e-published by the BRS with permission of the author, 23 MB file. Additional copy posted on archive.org by the BRS]

 

Clifton College, The History of Saint Agnes Parish, 1876-1890 (Arrowsmith, Bristol, 1890)
[e-published by the BRS, 18 MB file]

 

Madge Dresser, Slavery Obscured: The Social History of the Slave Trade in Bristol (Redcliffe Press edition, Bristol, 2007. First published 2001)

[e-published by the BRS with permission of the author, 152 MB file]

 

Susan Flavin & Evan T. Jones (eds.), Sixteenth-century Bristol customs accounts transcribed in EXCEL workbooks (2008)

 

Francis F. Fox (ed.), Adams’s Chronicle of Bristol (Bristol, 1910) [archive.org]

 

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)

[e-published by the BRS, 82 MB file. Additional copy posted on archive.org by the BRS]

 

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 & Margaret M. Condon, Cabot and Bristol’s Age of Discovery (University of Bristol, 2016)

[Digital version of the book (with some images deleted for copyright reasons) e-published by the BRS, 70 MB file. Additional copy posted on archive.org by the BRS]

 

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.]

 

Andy King, The Centenary of the Cabot Memorial Tower, Brandon Hill, 1897-1997 (Bristol City Council leaflet, 1997)

[e-published by the BRS with the permission of the author, 1 MB file. Originally created as a free leaflet, printed on A3 paper and distributed by the Bristol Museums Service]

 

John Latimer, The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (Bristol, W. & F. Morgan, 1887) [archive.org]

 

John Latimer, The Annals of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century (Bristol, privately printed, 1898) [archive.org]

 

John Latimer, The Annals of Bristol in the Seventeenth Century (Bristol, William George’s Sons, 1900) [archive.org]

 

John Latimer, The History of the Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol (Bristol, Arrowsmith, 1903) [archive.org]

 

John Latimer, Sixteenth-Century Bristol (Bristol, Arrowsmith, 1908) [archive.org]

 

M. D. Lobel and E. M. Carus-Wilson, 'Bristol' in M. D. Lobel (ed.) The Atlas of Historic Towns, Vol 2 (London, 1975)

 

C. M. MacInnes, A Gateway of Empire (Bristol, 1939)

[e-published by the BRS, 163 MB file.  Additional copy posted on archive.org by the BRS]. Digitisation sponsored by Dr John Reeks.

 

C. M. MacInnes & W. F. Whittard (eds.), Bristol And Its Adjoining Counties (University of Bristol, 1955)

[e-published by the BRS, 307 MB file. Edited volume originally published by the University of Bristol. Additional copy posted on archive.org by the BRS]

 

C. M. MacInnes, Bristol at War (London, Museum Press, 1962)

[Written by Charles MacInnes, CBE, Professor of History, University of Bristol: ‘To the People of Bristol’]

 

T. J. Manchee, Bristol Charities, Vol. 1 (Bristol, 1831) [google books]

 

Patrick McGrath (ed.), The Marchants Avizo by I[ohn] B[rowne,] Marchant, 1589 (Harvard, 1957)

[e-published by the BRS with permission of the author’s children/heirs, 21 MB file]

 

Patrick McGrath and Mary E. Williams (eds.), Bristol Inns and Alehouses in the Mid-Eighteenth Century (Bristol, 1979)
[Reproduced with the permission of Bristol Archives, 4 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)

[e-published by the BRS with permission of the Society of Merchant Venturers, 215 MB file]

 

G. Munro Smith, History of Bristol Royal Infirmary (Bristol, 1917) [archive.org]

 

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 and John Taylor, Bristol Past and Present. Vol. III, Civil and Administrative History (Bristol, Arrowsmith, 1882)

[archive.org. Note vols. 1 & 2 are not currently available online]

 

E. R. Norris Mathews, Bristol Bibliography: a catalogue of the books, pamphlets, collectanea, etc., relating to Bristol, contained in the central Reference Library (1916)

 

Memoirs Illustrative of the History and Antiquities of Bristol, Proceedings of the Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (London, 1853) [archive.org]

 

William Morgan’s Annals of Bristol, 1246-1687’ in William Tyson, The Bristol Memorialist (Bristol, 1823), pp. 38-44, 115-122, 189-201, 287-293.

[Annals section e-published by the BRS]

 

Mark C. Pilkinton (ed.), Records of Early English Drama: Bristol (University of Toronto Press, 1997) [archive.org]

 

C. M. Senior, A Nation of Pirates: English Piracy in its Heyday (Newton Abbot, 1976)

[e-published by the BRS with permission of the author, 49 MB. Additional copy posted on archive.org by the BRS]. Digitisation sponsored by Dr Richard Stone.

 

Samuel Seyer, Memoirs Historical And Topographical of Bristol And Its Neighbourhood, 2 vols. (Bristol, 1821-25)

 

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)
[epublished by the BRS with the permission of the author]

 

Lucy Toulmin Smith, The Maire of Bristowe is Kalendar by Robert Ricart, Town Clerk of Bristol 18 Edward IV (Camden Society publication, 1872) [archive.org]

 

William Tyson, The Bristol Memorialist (Bristol, 1823)

 

Thomas Procter Wadley, Notes or Abstracts of the Wills contained in the Volume entitled the Great Orphan Book and Book of Wills in the Council House at Bristol (Bristol, 1886) [archive.org]

 

Edith E. Williams, The Chantries of William Canynges in St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol (Bristol, 1950)

[e-published by the BRS with permission of St Mary Redcliffe. Additional copy posted on archive.org by the BRS]

 

 

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.
While this map describes itself as being the product of the seventeenth-century Bristol cartographer, James Millerd, this is actually an updated version of the map, produced 55 years after the 1673 original. While the 1728 version takes the original map as its template, it incorporates many new buildings built in the intervening period. Details of the map allow users access to the highest resolution images we could produce. This includes:

·         Nine photographs, taken in a 3x3 grid of the main map: top left, top middle, top right, middle left, middle middle, middle right, bottom left, bottom middle, bottom right.

·         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.

No.

Author

Title

Year

1

Vincent Waite

The Bristol Hotwell

1960

2

P. T. Underdown

Bristol and Burke

1961

3

Kathleen M. D. Barker

The Theatre Royal: The First Seventy Years

1961

4

Eleanor M. Carus Wilson

The Merchant Venturers of Bristol in the Fifteenth Century

1962

5

Walter Minchinton

The Port of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century

1962

6

Basil Cottle

Thomas Chatterton

1963

7

C. M. MacInnes

Bristol and the Slave Trade

1963

8

Grahame Farr

The Steamship Great Western

1963

9

Ruby J. Saywell

Mary Carpenter of Bristol

1964

10

John Cannon

The Chartists in Bristol

1965

11

Grahame Farr

The Steamship Great Britain

1965

12

C. M. MacInnes

Ferdinando Gorges and New England

1965

13

James Sherborne

The Port of Bristol in the Middle Ages

1965

14

Kathleen Mary Deborah Barker

The Theatre Royal, Bristol: Decline and Rebirth, 1834-1943

1966

15

Herbert Byard

The Bristol Madrigal Society

1966

16

Peter T. Marcy

Eighteenth Century Views of Bristol and Bristolians

1966

17

Russell Mortimer

Early Bristol Quakerism: The Society of Friends in the City, 1654-1700

1967

18

R. A. Buchanan

The Industrial Archaeology of Bristol

1967

19

C. M. MacInnes

Captain Thomas James and the North West Passage

1967

20

Peter Marshall

The Anti-Slave Trade Movement in Bristol

1968

21

David B. Quinn

Sebastian Cabot and Bristol Exploration (revised edition, 1997)

1968

22

K. Branigan

The Romans in the Bristol Area

1969

23

Leslie V. Grinsell

Prehistoric Bristol: The Prehistory of the Lower Bristol Avon

1969

24

M. Q. Smith

The Medieval Churches of Bristol

1970

25

Patrick McGrath

John Whitson and the Merchant Community of Bristol

1970

26

R. A. Buchanan

Nineteenth Century Engineers in the Port of Bristol

1971

27

Grahame E. Farr

Bristol Shipbuilding in the Nineteenth Century

1971

28

David Walker

Bristol in the Early Middle Ages

1971

29

E. E. Butcher

Bristol Corporation of the Poor,1696-1898

1972

30

L.V. Grinsell

The Bristol Mint: An Historical Outline

1972

31

K. G. Powell

The Marian Martyrs of Bristol

1972

32

David Large and Robert Whitfield

The Bristol Trades Council, 1873-1973

1973

33

Kathleen Barker

Entertainment in the Nineties

1973

34

Susan Thomas

The Bristol Riots

1974

35

David Large and Frances Round

Public Health in mid-Victorian Bristol

1974

36

Roderick Walters

The Establishment of the Bristol Police Force

1975

37

Peter Marshall

Bristol and the Abolition of Slavery: The Politics of Emancipation

1975

38

Jon Press

The Merchant Seamen of Bristol, 1745-1789

1976

39

Jean Vanes

The Port of Bristol in the Sixteenth Century

1977

40

James W. Sherborne

University College, Bristol, 1876-1909

1977

41

Peter Marshall

Bristol and the American War of Independence

1977

42

Michael Liversidge

The Bristol High Cross

1978

43

Joseph H. Bettey

The Rise of a Gentry Family: The Smyth's of Ashton Court, c. 1500-1642

1978

44

Kathleen Barker

Early Music Hall in Bristol

1979

45

Joseph H. Bettey

Bristol Parish Churches During the Reformation, c1530-1560

1979

46

M.J.H. Liversidge

William Hogarth's Bristol Altar-Piece

1980

47

Basil Cottle

Robert Southey and Bristol

1980

48

Peter G. Lamb

Electricity in Bristol 1863-1948

1981

49

Elizabeth Ralph

The Streets of Bristol

1981

50

Patrick McGrath

Bristol and the Civil War

1981

51

Brian Atkinson

Trade Unions in Bristol, c. 1860-1914

1981

52

Jean Vanes

Education and Apprenticeship in Sixteenth Century Bristol

1982

53

Charles Tomlinson

Isaac Rosenberg of Bristol

1982

54

Daniel Briggs

The Bristol Post Office in the Age of Rowland Hill 1837-1864

1983

55

Don Carleton

The Prince's of Park Row

1983

56

C. Bruce Perry

The Voluntary Medical Institutions of Bristol

1984

57

Anne Crawford

Bristol and the Wine Trade

1984

58

C Bruce Perry

The Bristol Medical School

1984

59

James Sherborne

William Canynges (1402-1474), Mayor of Bristol and Dean of Westbury College

1985

60

David Richardson

The Bristol Slave Traders: A Collective Portrait

1985

61

Roland Mayo

The Huguenots in Bristol

1985

62

Geoffrey Channon

Bristol and the Promotion of the Great Western Railway

1985

63

A.P. Woolrich

Printing in Bristol

1986

64

Kenneth Morgan

Country Carriers in the Bristol Region in the Late Nineteenth Century

1986

65

Basil Cottle

Joseph Cottle of Bristol

1987

66

Peter Harris

Bristol's ‘Railway Mania’, 1862-1864

1987

67

Harold Nabb

The Bristol Gas Industry, 1815-1949

1987

68

Peter G. Cobb

The Oxford Movement in Nineteenth Century Bristol

1988

69

Jean Vanes

Bristol at the time of the Spanish Armada

1988

70

Rohit Barot

Bristol and the Indian Independence Movement

1988

71

Brian Howell

The Police in Late Victorian Bristol

1989

72

Charles E. Harvey and Jon Press

Sir George White of Bristol, 1854-1916

1989

73

Kathleen Mary Deborah Barker

Bristol's Lost Empires: The Decline and Fall of the Music Hall in Bristol

1990

74

Joseph Bettey

The Suppression of the Religious Houses in Bristol

1990

75

Kenneth Morgan

John Wesley and Bristol

1990

76

Elizabeth Ralph and Peter G. Cobb

New Anglican Churches in Nineteenth Century Bristol

1991

77

Derek Winterbottom

A Season's Fame: how A.E.J. Collins of Clifton College in 1899 made Cricket's Highest Individual Score

1991

78

Jeannie Shorey

The Open Air Schools of Bristol 1913-1957

1992

79

Donald Jones

Captain Woodes Rogers' Voyage Round the World 1708-1711

1992

80

Clive Burgess

The Parish Church and the Laity in Late Medieval Bristol

1992

81

Derek Winterbottom

John Percival: the Great Educator

1993

82

Joseph Bettey

Bristol Cathedral: the Rebuilding of the Nave

1994

83

Harold Nabb

The Bristol Gas Light Company; the Breillat Dynasty of Engineers

1993

84

Pip Jones and Rita Youseph

The Black Population of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century

1994

85

John Penny

Luftwaffe Operations over Bristol 1940/44

1995

86

David Large  

Bristol and the New Poor Law

1995

87

Mary Wright

Elizabeth Blackwell of Bristol: the first woman doctor

1995

88

Joseph Bettey

St. Augustine's Abbey, Bristol

1996

89

Donald Jones

Bristol's Sugar Trade and Refining Industry

1996

90

John Penny

The Air Defence of the Bristol Area 1937-44

1997

91

Patrick McGrath

Bristol and America 1480-1631

1997

92

Joseph Bettey

The Royal Fort and Tyndall's Park: the Development of a Bristol Landscape

1997

93

Cyril Gibson

The Bristol School Board 1871-1903

1997

94

James Dreaper

Bristol's Forgotten Victor: Lieutenant-General Sir William Draper K.B. (1721-1787)

1998

95

John Penny

Bristol's Civil Defence during World War Two

1998

96

Kenneth Morgan

Edward Colston and Bristol

1999

97

John Penny

Up, Up and Away! An account of ballooning in and around Bristol and Bath 1784 to 1999

1999

98

John Lyes

‘A Strong Smell of Brimstone': the solicitors and attorneys of Bristol, 1740 to 1840

1999

99

M. J. Crossley Evans

Hannah More

1999

100

M. J. Crossely Evans, Paul Elkin, Martin Forrest, Mike Jenner, David Large and Gerry Nichols

Post War Bristol 1945-1965: Twenty Years that Changed the City
[A six chapter ‘centenary’ edition, 144pp.]

2000

101

John Penny

All the News that's Fit to Print: A Short History of Bristol's Newspapers since 1702

2001

102

John Penny

On the Air: A Short History of Broadcasting in the Bristol Area

2001

103

Peter Fleming

Women in Late Medieval Bristol

2001

104

John Lyes

Bristol 1901-1913

2002

105

Cyril Gibson

Bristol's Merchants and the Great Western Railway

2002

106

Keith Ramsey

The Bristol Coal Industry

2003

107

John Lyes

Bristol 1914-19

2003

108

Joseph Bettey

The First Historians of Bristol: William Barrett and Samuel Seyer

2003

109

John Lyes

Bristol 1920-1926

2003

110

Peter Fleming

Bristol Castle: a Political History

2004

111

John Lyes

Bristol 1927-1933

2004

112

John Lyes

Bristol 1934-1939

2004

113

Peter Fleming

Bristol and the Wars of the Roses, 1451-1471

2005

114

Sue Hardiman

The 1832 Cholera Epidemic and its Impact on the City of Bristol

2005

115

David Higgins

The History of the Bristol Region in the Roman Period

2005

116

Gerry Nichols

To Keep Open and Unenclosed': The Management of Durdham Down since 1861

2005

117

John Lyes

Bristol's Courts of Law

2006

118

David Higgins

The Bristol Region in the Sub-Roman and Early Anglo-Saxon Periods

2006

119

Gerry Nichols

Clifton and Durdham Downs: A Place of Public Resort and Recreation

2006

120

David Higgins

Saint Jordan of Bristol: From the Catacombs of Rome to College Green at Bristol

2007

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:

No.

Contents

Year

Pages

Bristol Ref Library ID

1

Miscellaneous

1953

67p.

7027073939

2

French Revolution and Napoleonic War

1955

37p.

7027073394

3

Miscellaneous

1958

34p.

7027073521

4

Miscellaneous

1960

37p.

7027263614

5

Miscellaneous

1962

68p.

7027020274

6

No details.

 

 

 

7

A study of the Parish of Temple, Bristol

1966

55p

7027012875

8

Miscellaneous

1968

28p.

7027073815

9

Records of Bristol quarter sessions for the eighteenth century

1971

218p.

7027023338


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