Till our liberties be secure: popular sovereignty and public space in Bristol, 1780-1850

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Poole, S. (1999)

An essay contrasting the symbolic geography and topographies of two important public spaces in Bristol, Brandon Hill and Queen Square, and arguing that through case studies such as this, the contestable nature of public space, and its shifting identity, can be exposed.
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    11 Felix Farley's Bristol Journal (hereafter FFBJ), 14 Dec. 1771. For bon®re crowds, see for example the arrangements made for civic celebrations honouring the coronation of George IV: FFBJ, 28 Jul. 1821.

    12 This argument is advanced in greater detail in S. Poole, `To be a Bristolian: civic identity and the social order, 1750±1850', in Dresser and Ollerenshaw, Making of Modern Bristol, 82±6.

    13 Bristol Mirror, 9 May 1807; E. Kentish, Narrative of the Facts Relative to the Bristol Election as Connected with the Meeting on Brandon Hill (Bristol, 1818); Bristol Mercury, 27 Jun. 1830.

    14 Poole, `To be a Bristolian', 84±5. Christmas boxes were withheld from tradesmen who took part, workers threatened with instant dismissal and, at the behest of the Corporation, the whole city subjected to moral exhortations to stay indoors by the select vestries: Cobbett's Political Register, 11 Jan. 1817; FFBJ, 4 Jan. 1817; Bristol Record Of®ce (hereafter BRO), Harford Papers, 28048/C.62, J.S. Harford to J. Harford, 6 Jan. 1817; BRO, Town Clerk's Letter Boxes 1816 and 1817, letters from St Werburghs, St Nicholas and Castle Precincts vestries, and Addington to Mayor of Bristol, 23 Dec. 1816; H. Hunt, Memoirs of

    19 FFBJ, 1 and 8 Nov. 1788; T. Beddoes, A Word in Defence of the Bill of Rights Against Gagging Acts (Bristol, 1795).

    20 BRO, Corporation Letter Book 1789±1813, J. Morgan to the Duke of Portland, 26 Feb. 1800 (with enclosures); Bristol Mercury, 30 May 1796; FFBJ, 9 May 1807 and 21 Apr. 1810: Bristol Gazette, 13 Oct. 1819.

    21 J. Latimer, Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (Bristol, 1887), 108±9 and 418±19.

    22 Bristol Mercury, 16 Feb. 1829.

    23 Bristol Mirror, 31 Jul. 1830 and 29 Jul. 1837.

    24 See for example, C. McDowall, The History of William Jones and his Two Sisters with an Account of their Visits to the Bristol Fairs (Bristol, 1815), and idem, An Address to the Inhabitants of Bristol Respecting the Evils of the Fairs (Bristol, 1815).

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