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Dissenters and the city below Overlooking the site of a 12.25ha excavation in Broadmead, Bristol, where a consortium of Cotswold Archaeology and PreConstruct Archaeology (CAPCA) have uncovered traces of the area’s past ranging from the 12th century to the present.
Excavating friars and non-conformists in Bristol
Extensive excavations on the long-vanished banks of the River Frome at Broadmead have revealed traces of a thriving settlement dating back to the 12th century. The recently published findings tell a story of religious diversity, booming industry, and slum dwelling, as Carly Hilts reports.
In 1670, Bristol’s Quaker congregation unexpectedly found themselves homeless when the city authorities seized their new Meeting House in Broadmead. The worshippers were not easily deterred, however; for the next four months they simply held their gatherings in the street outside the building’s locked doors, and eventually forced their way inside and reoccupied the premises.
For the next decade the Quakers employed a caretaker to ensure that the Meeting House was never left empty, but in 1681 the property was taken once more. This time a mob stirred up by Bristol’s Sheriff ransacked the building, smashing windows and furniture. It would be another five years before the Quakers regained control of their Meeting House, and a further
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