History walk 1: Wulfstan to Colston and the sinews of slavery

An abolition walk

Event Details
Date: , 2019
Time: to
Venue: M Shed, BS1 4RN
Price: Free
With: Mark Steeds
Series: Bristol Radical History Festival 2019

Starts and leaves outside of the front of M Shed.

Our first stop will be outside of the Merchant Venturers’ Almshouses (at the Broad Quay end of King Street), where the Merchant Venturers successfully petitioned for Bristol’s involvement in the ‘African Trade’ in 1698. We will cross Queen Square to Redcliffe Street and on to the Seven Stars. This will feature Abolitionists Thomas Clarkson, Wulfstan and the Quakers.

On into Castle Park and Colston’s sugar refinery, past All Saints (where Edward Colston is buried), his Broad Street statue, his Centre statue and the rest of Colston Corner. We will then reference Abolitionists John Wesley, the Broadmead Baptists and Unitarians, then Park Street Abolitionists Mary Carpenter and Mary Estlin while proceeding to finish at Pero’s Bridge opposite the M Shed.


Merchant Venturers' Almshouses
Merchant Venturers’ Almshouses, Bristol. Photo by Eirian Evans

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