The Bristol Bridge Riot

Taken from Bristol Past and Present by J. F. Nicholls and John Taylor, published in 1882 The Bristol bridge riots of 1793 form another blot on the escutcheon of the city. Some persons in authority appear to have blundered in their calculations, and sought to stretch an Act of Parliament so as to make it cover the error, and then, with a wrong-headedness which it is lamentable to contemplate, resorted to force in order to accomplish their end. The Act authorised the Bridge commissioners to […]

John The Painter AKA Jack The Painter

Taken from Bristol Past and Present by J. F. Nicholls and John Taylor, published in 1882 On the same day an attempt was made to fire the warehouse of .Mr. Morgan, druggist, Corn Street. Climbing a wall ten feet in height the incendiary had wrenched off three iron bars from a window, and having thus forced an entrance he Med a large box that had contained Glauber's Salts with combustibles, including tar, spirits of wine, and turpentine, which he placed against the oil casks. Providentially, the […]

James Nayler

James Nayler
Taken from Bristol Past and Present by J. F. Nicholls and John Taylor, published in 1882 In our ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, at 24 and 285, we have already given some description of the rise and sufferings of that section of the church of Christ known originally as the Quakers, but now more frequently called the Friends, who were the first sufferers in Bristol for conscience sake since the days of the Marian persecution. Their first appearance in Bristol was probably in 1652; certainly they were here […]

Bristol Past And Present

Bristol Past And Present by J. F. Nicholls and John Taylor was published in 1882. While not radical itself, it contains descriptions of many of Bristol's radical moments in way that reflects its era. Below are listed several passages from Volume III. Excerpts on this site: Dorothy Hazard And Other Bristol Separatists James Nayler John The Painter The Bristol Bridge Riots The 1831 Uprising - Part1 : The Reform Bill The 1831 Uprising - Part2 : The Uprising The 1831 Uprising - Part3 : The Aftermath

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