18 November 2021

Housing the people in Victorian Bristol

One of the problems of the Victorian period was the provision of houses for all the extra people who crowded into British cities in the 1800s.

In Bristol a ring of new and expanded neighbourhoods grew up around the old city.

This talk will look at what was built, when, where and by whom. It will chart the creeping expansion of the built-up area, identifying some of the builders who constructed the streets and houses.

The talk will show how Victorian builders concentrated on a limited range of house types – essentially terraced houses for the workers and semi-detached villas for the middle class. Find out why the basic terraced house changed little over the period, but the semi-detached house changed in a number of important ways.

Meanwhile, in a period when market forces ruled, the town council refused to engage with the housing problem to any meaningful extent.

Speaker: Peter Malpass, Professor emeritus at UWE, Bristol

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 2pm on Thursday 18 November.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

This is a UWE Regional History Centre talk in partnership with M Shed seminar series.