9 August 2017

Summer walk: History of Old Market

Join Dr Edson Burton, co-author of ‘Vice & Virtue: A History of Old Market’ for a tour of Old Market.

The walk will follow the shifting identities of this historic street and the people who lived along its length.

Implicit in the name, Old Market describes the market and community that emerged outside the centre of Bristol.

Old Market was part of a golden mile of shopping a major centre of trade and culture, but as a result of the post war rebuilding of Bristol centre became a near derelict strip.

Recent decades have seen its resurgence as Bristol’s gay quarter and most recently as a fashionable artist and residential area.

Across its history Old Market has been where Bristolians meet, mingle and clash quite literally in the case of the 1932 riots between unemployed workers and the police.

As Dr Burton will reveal, few streets bring into focus more sharply the changes in British society.

This walk will start at the Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Donations welcome.

Suitable clothing

Although the routes are not strenuous, please be aware that surfaces may be uneven and could be slippery when wet. We strongly recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather with warm/waterproof clothing and comfortable footwear.

For your safety

Please take care when crossing busy roads and always use the designated crossings where indicated. Please be aware of other road users and pedestrians, particularly by leaving space on pavements for people to cross safely.

All Summer Walks take place on the second Wednesday of the month between June and September and last approximately one and a half hours. The Summer Walks are sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

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