Downend Local History Society


Talks Programme 2017 - 2018

NOTE: Meetings are now held on the first Thursday of
each month from September to May.  Meetings start at 7.30 p.m.
We meet at Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Downend, Bristol BS16 2RW

7th September`                 Miner to Missionary – the life of George Brown                                               Alan Freke
                                    This is the story of George Brown, a coal miner who, in 1895, founded Crofts End Mission, Speedwell, which is still a thriving
                                    church to-day.                          
5th October                         Images of Change from the 1930’s                                                           Mike Britton
                                    This talk shows how the changes in domestic social life have been recorded from the 1930’s and   how these affected the way
                                   of life.  The images are taken from glass slides, old and new photographs and posters. 
It is a walk down memory lane on how we used to live.
2nd November                    Mangotsfield Society in the 17th Century                                             Peris Jones
                                   Parish Registers, from 1570 onwards, Wills and Probate Inventories from 1596, a Muster Roll of 1608, Apprentice Books,
                                   Lists of Parish Overseers, Settlement Certificates, and Quaker Burial Registers for the last 40 years of the century, are among
                                   the records that help us to build up a picture of 17thcentury Mangotsfield society –
                                   a time when the parish included the hamlets of Downend and Moorend.
  7th December                    Female Convicts – women who were transported to Australia  (AGM)            Pat Hase
4th January                          For the Love of Maps -                                                           Charles Ashley
                                     A cartogrophile’s guide to reading the past through the Ordnance Survey large-scale maps             
1st February                        Bristol’s Australian Pioneer – Robert Edwin Bush and his
                                                Bishop’s Knoll First World War Hospital                                                               Chris Stephens
Clifton’s Robert Bush, who played cricket alongside W G Grace, travelled to Australia in 1877, where he became a successful sheep farmer, influential politician and founding vice-president of the Western Australia Cricket Association. He returned to Bristol in 1905 as a millionaire and bought Bishop’s Knoll House, overlooking the Avon Gorge.  He became Sheriff of Bristol in 1912 and at the outbreak of WW1 converted his home into 100-bed hospital for wounded Australian soldiers.
1st March                             No meeting – Barn AGM - may arrange museum visit
5th April                                A History of Trooper’s Hill                                                                           Rob Acton-Campbell
3rd May`                               A History of Kings Weston                                                                          David Martyn
7th June                                  Angel of Death:  The Story of Smallpox                                                 Professor Gareth Williams

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