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100 Fishponds Rd: Life and death in Victorian Workhouse

In 2012 some radical historians poring over old maps of East Bristol came across a disused burial ground at Rosemary Green close to the site of Eastville Workhouse at 100 Fishponds Rd. Over the following years a team of local researchers revealed that more than 4,000 men, women and children, inmates of Eastville Workhouse, were interred in unmarked graves in Rosemary Green from 1851-1895. 100 Fishponds Rd: Life and death in Victorian Workhouse is a summary of their research and a history of […]

Eastville Workhouse Burial Ground: Memorial Unveiling Ceremony

On Rosemary Green, Eastville, BS5 6LB. Residents of East Park Estate are to unveil a memorial to more than 4,000 men, women and children who died in Eastville’s notorious Workhouse between 1851 and 1895 and were buried in unmarked paupers’ graves in what is now Rosemary Green. A six foot Welsh slate standing stone, carved by local stone mason and sculptor Matthew Billington using designs from pupils of May Park Primary School, will be erected on the disused burial ground which has remained […]

Eastville Workhouse Memorial

Here are some pictures of sculptor Matthew Billington working on the memorial to mark the Eastville Workhouse burial ground on Rosemary Green. Over 4000 men, women and children were buried on the site between 1851 and 1895. The memorial, which is made from Welsh slate, will be unveiled at the end of November. Find out more about the Eastville Workhouse project.

Pauper deaths and burials in Victorian England

Funeral ceremonies were very important to middle class Victorians, with detailed and often elaborate rituals to mark the passing of cherished family members and those deemed ‘important’. But for paupers who died in the workhouses, things were very different. Building on continuing research into the unmarked graves behind the site of Eastville workhouse, Bristol, this talk exposes the contrast in treatment between rich and poor in death. This meeting is organised by UWE Regional History Centre as […]

Eastville Workhouse Memorial Project – Public Consultation Meeting

100 Fishponds Road
Tuesday 4th August 7.30pm Scout Resource Centre, Gadshill Rd, Eastville, BS5 6PU All Welcome As you probably know, East Park housing estate was originally the site of Eastville Workhouse and part of nearby Rosemary Green is an unmarked burial ground (1851-1895) for more than 3,500 residents of that institution. Last summer residents and local historians formed Eastville Workhouse Memorial Group (EWMG) with the aim of placing a permanent memorial on Rosemary Green to remember those who were laid […]

Rosemary Green Update

So far the data we have managed to get on the website and the data we have that will get up loaded eventually, looks like this: 1855-59 - to be released 1860-69 - released 18-01-15 1870-79 - released 19-01-15 1880-89 - to be released 1890-95 - to be released 1855-95 Overall Summary - to be released There is also a document containing notes on how to best use and interpret the data sheets. The data sheets and the notes can be found here and more details about the Eastville Workhouse project can […]

Inside Out West

Eastville Workhouse Data
Inside Out West will have an item on the Eastville Workhouse unmarked graves project on Monday 19th January at 19:30 on BBC1. The Eastville Workhouse project was launched in 2012 after some members of Bristol Radical History Group (BRHG) were studying an old ordnance survey map of Ashley Down and Eastville (1902). They noticed that the burial ground for the Barton Regis workhouse at 100 Fishponds Rd, Eastville, marked as disused in 1902, made up part of present-day Rosemary Green just round the […]