BRISTOL RECORD SOCIETY
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Joseph H. Bettey, Bristol
Observed: visitors’ impressions of the City from Domesday to The Blitz
(Redcliffe, Bristol, 1986)
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]
[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)
Connell-Smith, Forerunners of Drake: a study of English trade with Spain
in the early Tudor period (1954)
[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)
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]
[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]
[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.]
[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]
[e-published by the BRS, 163 MB file. Additional copy posted on archive.org by the BRS]. Digitisation sponsored by Dr John Reeks.
[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]
[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]
[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)
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]
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]
[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)
‘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]
[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.
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)
[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.
· 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.
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: