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Historic site, 29 Queen Square

29 Queen Square, Bristol


Photograph of Historic site, 29 Queen Square. Now the regional headquarters of English Heritage, this is the best preserved of the original buildings in Queen Square, as shown by its forecourt gates and railings and its internal panelling and staircase. The house was built in 1709 for Alderman Nathaniel Day, who became Bristol’s mayor in 1737. Day petitioned against a proposed tax on slaves. By mid-century, number 29 was the home of Henry Bright, one time mayor of Bristol, a prominent merchant and slave trader. On his death in 1771 he left an annuity [or allowance] of 10 pounds per annum, chargeable on the house where I now dwell, to my black servant, Bristol.

With thanks to the authors of the Slave Trade Trail around Central Bristol, Madge Dresser, Caletta Jordan, Doreen Taylor.

Creator: David Emeney

Date: 18th Century

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

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