Tuesday 24 July 2018 - Walking Tour of Medieval and Early Modern Bristol
Led by Roger Leech, Visiting Professor of Archaeology at the University of
Southampton and author of English Heritage’s recent book The Town House in
Medieval and Early Modern Bristol. Meet at Romsey Station by 9.10am to catch
the 9.21 to Bristol, returning on the 16.22 from Bristol. The tour will involve about 4
to 4.5 hours walking around Bristol with frequent stops to look at historic buildings
and streets. Lunch (1 hour) will be at Pizza Express in the banking hall of the Old
Bank in Corn Street. Train fares (£31 return or £20.75 return with senior railcard)
and lunch to be bought individually. It is advisable to reserve seats, particularly on
the return train. Maximum number of 25, so please book early. Please contact Mike Townend (email@example.com or 01794- 514415) to book places.
Roger’s book, covering the period c.1000 to c.1800 AD, is of the medieval and early
modern houses of Bristol, England’s second city in the later middle ages and
again in the 18th century. Based partly on the survey of surviving early buildings,
the study also makes extensive use of documentary evidence and records of
houses now demolished to analyse how town houses reveal the social structure
and aspirations of Bristol’s citizens in this period. The development of the town and
city in the medieval and the early modern period is examined, then aspects of life on
the urban tenement plot. The principal house types of the medieval period are
fully explored, showing the aspirations and separate identity of the urban elite
in the largest of such houses. The book is available at a special offer until the end
of March – 30% Discount available from the Historic England online bookshop,
retail www.historicenglandservices.org.uk , use discount code ‘SPMA18’.
The recent Romsey Waterways Walk was very popular. For people that were not able to take part, the Notes of the Walk are attached for a self guided walk.
See the Full Calendar for the details of forthcoming events.
The April 2018 RDS Magazine 130 is available online.