Bristol and Clifton Slave Trade Trails, by Terry Townsend
Book published by Pixz in 2016, 128 pages. Hardback (N6608)
From the rear side cover: For much of the eighteenth century, Bristol was England’s second city and, between 1730 and 1745, its premier slaving port. This book presents the drama of that period through six discovery trails. Maps, detailed directions and over 150 photographs help bring the story to life. From the historic habourside to the heights of Clifton; from the interior of a slave owner’s house to the secret caves, courts and corners of the old city, this is a face of Bristol largely undiscovered by the general tourist. Following in the footsteps of major players and beneficiaries of the African trade, the trails reveal where they lived, conducted their business, socialised and worshipped, seemingly oblivious to the suffering of their slaves. Here are tales of merchants, shipbuilders, sugar refiners, plantation owners, tavern keepers, trade goods manufacturers and bankers. Also included are accounts of brave abolitionists, brutal ships’ officers and poverty-pressed slave ship crewmen whose miserable existence was often little better than those of the enslaved human cargo.
The book is illustrated throughout with lots of maps and colour photographs of the places and buildings one might see on the trails.