27 Apr 2015


Here is something new for lovers of Bristol. Whether you like walking around Bristol for its architecture, learning about the history of Bristol, or taking photographs around the streets of Bristol, this is the book for you! 

In these twelve urban walks, author Timothy Mowl encourages the walker to explore Bristol’s diverse architectural heritage, its maritime past and rich social history. 

From the very beginnings of the merchant city, the once fashionable Hotwell spa and Clifton’s elegant terraces and crescent - raised in the teeth of bankruptcy, to an alternative way of living in the graffiti-ridden People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, Bristol Explored encourages the walker to view the city through fresh eyes, to take pleasure in its historical idiosyncrasies, to challenge accepted wisdom on matters of urban style and, above all, to experience Bristol’s many changing faces. 

Where in Bristol can you find the remnants of a Sixties walkway in the sky? Or a huge altarpiece painted by our greatest satirist? Which 18th-century pub – still serving pints today – played a part in the nascent anti-slavery movement? And did you know Bristol has a perfect Elizabethan knot garden and that the cables holding up Clifton’s Suspension Bridge are second-hand? 

‘Inside this shadowy, overgrown oasis there is the secret St John’s Hermitage carved into the red sandstone rock, first inhabited by John Sparkes, who was installed in 1346 to pray for Thomas, Lord Berkeley and his family. To the side of the arched entrance lowers Banksy’s stencil of a horned and scowling Winston Churchill, while the interior of the cave has 177 stacked headstones removed from the former burial ground. These are very small and of a uniform shape and size because Quakers do not approve of public displays of wealth or status in their cemeteries.’

Timothy Mowl is Emeritus Professor of History of Architecture and Designed Landscapes at the University of Bristol and is the author of over thirty books on architecture, landscape, historic gardens and conservation. 

Paperback by Timothy Mowl  

Published: March 2005 by Stephen Morris
You can order this book online via: www.timothymowl.com
You also buy from: www.durdhamdownbooks.co.uk
Price £10.00