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Living Easton Timesigns Trail

A brief introduction to 53 sites of historical social and industrial importance.

1. Former Easton Colliery.

Felix Road Adventure Playground. Bristol was one of the first places to use coal in industrial applications: soap manufacture; then glass making, brewing , pottery, etc. Easton Pit closed 1911.

1a. Easton Business Centre

Extension in year 2000.

1b. Hemmings Waste Ltd., St Gabriel's Rd

Established over 100 years in Easton.

1c. Ex- Stones, Biffa

Est. by William Stone in mid 1800s.

1d. St Gabriel's Church & School

Demolished in 1960s 'redevelopment'.

1e. Pit Pony Pub

A reminder of our local mining past.

1f. John St

blitzed, 3/4 January 1941, 26 people killed.

1g. Ben Tillett, (1860-1943), born John Street

A founder of the Labour Party. 1908 joined Social Democratic Party. 1910 helped establish National Transport Workers' Federation. Became the Union's leader. 1911 won national strike. Founder of Daily Herald. 1918 Tillett stood for Labour Party in North Salford. He retired as an MP, 1931.

1h. The Scorpion Centre

Ex-jam factory, ex-Bailey Redman, stage scenery.

1i. Ruby Helder, (1890-1938)

International Opera Star, 'The Lady Tenor'. Born Emma Jane Holden at 7 Brooklyn Terrace, (114, Easton Road). House demolished ca. 1965.

1j. Croydon Street

Bristol & District Co-op founded in house of John Hall, 6 February 1884.

2. Westbourne Road Garage

Ex-malthouse, local Pennant stone, 1804-30.

3. Bannerman Road Primary School

Built 1877. Bannerman Road was once known as St Mark's Lane. The school is undergoing massive rebuilding during 2000-1.

3a. All Hallows Church

Built in 1901 to a design by George Oatley. The Church has produced a book to celebrate its Centenary.

4. Sikh Temple Chelsea Road

Ex-Bloy Street Mission, (1896), and, 1900-30, Chelsea Road Gospel. 1938, ex-leather factory. Rebuilt by Sikh Community in 1991-94.

5. Bloy Street

Built in 1870s. Bristol's longest, straightest street? Ex-Cherry Orchard when our area was Market Gardens. Don't miss the new sculpture in the street's central square.

5a. Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street

Opened by the People of Easton in 1990. Won the Architectural Prize; 'Gulbenkian Award for Community Buildings', 1990-91.

5b. Bristol - Bath Cycle Track

Once part of the 'Dramway', 1830s. Site of Bristol to Gloucester Railway (1844), closed 1970.

5c. In Your Own Language Ltd., Chelsea Road

Translation & Advice Service.

6. E. J. Gove Ltd

Ex-Sweet Factory ca. 1880 - 1900s on the corner of Britannia Rd. Britannia Road formally named Berlin Road, changed 1918.

7. Bristol Hawks Gym, Roman Road

Ex-Hosiery Factory/Warehouse, built 1897, 'Arts & Crafts' Style. 1970s, storage for Rolls-Royce Aerospace. Friday 21st July 1989, gutted by fire. Opened as a Gym, 1991.

8. Roman Road

Ex-Wallis Rd. 1873, Roman Coin Hoard found. This area was known as Frogmarsh.

9. The Church of St Mark

Designed by Bristol architect Charles Dyer, carried out by Samuel Burleigh Gabriel, 1848. Built as copy of 11thC. Rhineland Church, 'Romanesque' Style. 1989-90, housing scheme for Single People.

9a. Ex-Tollhouse & Garden Junction of High Street, St. Mark's Road /Albion Road

Tollhouse and Garden, 1839, adjacent to St. Mark's Church.

9b. Manor House

Demolished 1995, large Building, (1600?). Enlarged pre-1884. 1900, bought by WG Grace, used as YMCA. 1924, Perkins Engineering. 1995-96, Housing.

10. Church Avenue, building, (1842)

National Day School, (1855). Run by St. Mark's Church. St. Mark's Day School, enlarged, 1888, and used as Church Hall. Also Sunday School Hall. Now hosts Masjid (Mosque)

11. Epstein Building, Mivart Street, 1890-1902

Clothing Factory, (1903), Pearson, Huggins, Clothing Contractors (1908). Parnall Ltd, (WW1). Aircraft Production and Territorial Army base. 1970s - present, used for light Industry. Home for Artistic groups, eg., P.A.C.T.S.

12. The Black Swan Public House (1640?)

Restored to 19th Century appearance. Listed Grade II. F. W. Hunt, Bottlers, (1902-10). First HQ, Bristol Rovers F.C.

13. The River Frome

Formally spelt 'Froom'. Prone to flooding, known locally as the'Danny'. Pre- 1968 was open to St Jude's. Was leisure amenity for many people; riverside walks and fishing, etc. Confluence with Coombe Brook, as east boundary of the Black Swan Hotel, and the Bristol & Gloucestershire boundary, until 1896-9.

14. Gazebo, 349 Stapleton Road

Three-storey Tower, may have marked the North Entrance to Easton Manor House. 18thC, listed Grade II. Grey Pennant stone, with Limestone dressings. Restored, (1980s).

15. The Old Fox

Imposing three-storey building, (1700). Close to River Frome. Connection with local GP & international cricketer W. G. Grace (1848-1915).

16. The 3 Blackbirds, (1740)

One of several old Easton inns, which had tennis courts, dancing greens, arbours, and other attractions. Site of celebrations of Wellington's victory, (1813). Its gardens (sold for building, 1837), with bowling greens, summer houses, and walks, trees and shrubs, was renamed Wellington Gardens.

17. Ex-Toll House, 250 Stapleton Road (1750 - 1820)

One of pair, forming Blackbird Gate to Bristol from the East.

17a. Moorhill St, Ex-WW2 Public Air-Raid Shelter

Built below ground, on south-west corner of Street.

17b. Monkey Puzzle Tree, 1 Walton Street, at corner with Moorhill St

In front garden. Listed, 'protected tree'.

18. Baptist Mills

1702 -19th C. site of first commercially successful Brass Works in Britain, financed by Quakers using money from slave trade. (Works Manager: Abraham Darby I). Pottery, (1839 - 1880s), Joseph and James White. Redeveloped, (1970), now Junction 3, M32/Easton Way.

18a. John Lynch

The Mill Youth Club. John lived from 1926-1989, community activist, the inspiration for the John Lynch Afrikan Education Programme in 1991.

19. Easton Renewal Area Office, Seymour Road

3-storey basemented Victoria villa with Mansard Roof, (Pre-1884). Served as base for the new, exciting changes lead by Easton Renewal Team, 1991-2001, (Bristol City Council).

19a. Charlotte Keele Health Centre, Seymour Rd

Opened 1956. Commemorates the life and work of Alderman Charlotte Keele, member of Bristol City Council, 1935-1955.

20. Lebeqs Tavern (18thC)

1828, part of the Bristol / Gloucestershire Boundary, (Lebeck Gate). Boundary moved East after the Act of 1896-9. Site of inquests into deaths at Easton Pits.

21. Rawnsley Park

Created 1960s for Rawnsley House Tower Block, (1963-64), playground, ca. 1994 Prior to 1960 was a maze of streets fronted on Stapleton Road by three large villas.

22. Pennywell Road Colliery

Opened pre-1882 Closed by 1908, Timbermine. By 1912, a timberyard in use until ca. 1960s.

23. Armoury Sq. Stapleton Road

Built and established during the period 1774 -1820. The Armoury from which the Square takes it's name was the base for Militia regiments as well as Bristol's own Arsenal. It's outline plan is partly preserved by the early to mid Victorian Square, but little is known of it's original appearance. Ashmead's Bristol Map of 1828 suggests it to be a large and long Barrack Block, centrally placed, with symmetrically planned ancillary buildings. By ca. 1855 it becomes Armoury Place. In 1887 Colston Villas was built. Rebuilt in 1976 it was soon noticed that the building at the North end of the Square had an early 18th century bust of Edward Colston, Bristol slave trader. It was replaced by a replica and the original placed within Bristol City Museum. In 1881, Mr Packer, who was an ex-employee of Frys, founded his company at 46 Armoury Square. Originally employed three people who were each paid 2/6d (12.5p) a week. Packer's is now LEAF UK, Greenbank.

24. W.G. Grace, Easton Leisure Centre, Thrissell Street

Centre opened ca. 1990. In North car park site of No. 59 Stapleton Road, ex-Thrissell Lodge, shared surgery of Dr. W. G. Grace, M.R.C.S., L.R.C., who dominated World Class Cricket, ca.1870-1915. Moving to next door, Thrissell House, W. G. Grace and wife, Agnus, remained until ca. 1896. Nos. 57 and 61 Stapleton Rd. demolished after 1972.

25. Thrissell St

Named after Edward Thrissell. 19thC. rope-maker. Henry Brecknell & Son and then Brecknell, Munro and Rogers Ltd. (1904). Thrissell Engineering became part of Masson Scott Thrissell. 1826-46, 70 houses built.

26. Trinity Road Library

Bristol's first Free Library, 1876 & 1896. opened by Mayor November 6th, 1896. Cost, about 5,000.

27. Trinity Church

1829-31 by Rickman & Hutchinson. Now New Trinity Centre, (1991), venue for Rock concerts etc. Interior subdivided.

28. West Street Gate

(1828). One of the original gates to the City of Bristol.

29. Trinity Road Prison

Built 1790s with 70 cells. Prisoners released during 1831 'riot'. Disused, 1860. Demolished, 1907. Court Room, Petty Sessional Court used until 1900s.

30. The Old Malt House, Pennywell Road ca. 1800

BOING company used these premises until 2000.

31.Vestry Hall, Pennywell Road ca. 1880

Built, partly on the site of England's first Workhouse.

32. End of Walk

Go on to the Frome Valley Walkway at Wade St.