100 Fishponds Rd.

Life and Death in a Victorian Workhouse

Publication Details
Number: 34
By: Roger Ball, Di Parkin, Steve Mills
Edition: 3rd Edition 2020 (1st Edition 2015)
ISBN: 978-1-911522-53-9
Number of pages: 243
Format: Bound Booklet
Page Details
Section: BRHG Publications
Projects: Eastville Workhouse
Subjects: Workhouses & Poverty Laws
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In 2012, radical historians poring over old maps of east Bristol discovered a disused burial ground at Rosemary Green, close to the site of Eastville Workhouse. Over the following years, a team of local researchers revealed that in the nineteenth century more than 4,000 men, women and children from the workhouse had been interred in unmarked graves.

Built in 1847 as a result of the New Poor Law, Eastville Workhouse was the largest in the Bristol area housing over a thousand inmates. 100 Fishponds Road exposes the economic and ideological drivers which determined the nature of the workhouse system, and its unintended consequences. The book reveals what life in the Victorian workhouse was like, who the inmates were and how they were treated. It considers their life chances once they entered the institution and what happened to them after they died.

This third edition brings up to date the story of how Eastville Workhouse Memorial Group named and memorialised the forgotten paupers.

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  1. My 4th great grandfather William Henry Oxley may have been one of those buried in Rosemary Green. He is listed as a resident of the workhouse in the 1871 census and he died in 1876 at age 86. I would be very interested in obtaining a copy of the pamphlet “100 Fishponds Road”.

    William had a tragic life. He was a hosier and had a shop on Wine Street. A tragic fire in 1826 took the life of his wife and three of his children.

    Jan Weaver

    • Hi could i ask you,what was this place? as said some of my members of family died there? do you still live in bristol i am hoping to make it there before not so long i wanna find rest of my large family thanks margaret parker

  2. Hi i was wondering if any 1 knows any parkers that was born in 100 fishponds road? i believe the parker family are still in Bristol also the head family and the Green family, does any 1 know anything about henry parker? he came to Bristol when he was 26 and joined the church where he preached and his son followed in his foot steps, i would be gratefull for any information as i would also like 2 find my aunts family her mum was edna organ she later married thomas parker and had one daughter edna may parker in 1942 thank you all for taking your time to read this

  3. How can I find out if my grandfather was a resident here. Edward hopkins was born at sea between Canada and England in 1912 ish. Apparently his mother died and he was named Edward after the ship he was born on. He was adopted by a couple in st werburghs.

    • My suggestions would be to take out a subscription to an ancestry website for Edward’s address in the England & Wales Register for 1939, or a subscription to Find My Past for the the 1921 Census to determine his St Werburghs address.

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