18 April 2024

Regional History talk: Walking medieval Bristol

Bristol is well-known to be a ‘walkable’ city and this was especially true in the late Middle Ages when the city was much smaller.

Join us for a talk with Professor Helen Fulton and Dr Evan Jones from the University of Bristol about different ways in which the city can be mapped on foot. This starts with the 1480 survey by William Worcestre which formed the basis of Helen’s recently-published ‘Map of Bristol in 1480’. Evan picks up the story with the ancient practice of the Bristol Perambulation, a civic ritual that traced the boundaries of the old county of Bristol.

On a darker note, he will also discuss what has been called Bristol’s Via Dolorosa.  This was the route that the condemned had to walk from Newgate Gaol to the gallows behind Bewell’s Cross on St Michael’s Hill, both of which Evan has recently located more precisely.’ .

Using maps and images, the speakers hope to inspire you to explore historical Bristol on foot.


Helen Fulton is Chair and Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Bristol. She has published widely on medieval English and Welsh literatures and is the co-editor of The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature. As a Trustee of the Historic Towns Trust, she has edited historical maps of Bristol and Swansea.

Evan Jones is an Associate Professor in Economic History at the University of Bristol. He works on many aspects of Bristol’s medieval and early modern history, including overseas trade, exploration, smuggling, urban development, everyday life and death. He likes walking.

About the Regional History talks

Each year Bristol Museums delivers a season of regional history talks in partnership with the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England (UWE). The talks are monthly between October to June, and explore research into the history of Bristol and surrounding South Western counties.

These talks are free and open to all.

How to take part

This event is free and will be held online 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. Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings.

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