For much of the eighteenth century, Bristol was England’s second city and,
between 1730 and 1745, its premier slaving port. This book presents the drama of
that period through six discovery trails. Maps, detailed directions and over 150
photographs help bring the story to life.
From the historic habourside to the heights of Clifton; from the interior of a slave
owner’s house to the secret caves, courts and corners of the old city, this is a face
of Bristol largely undiscovered by the general tourist.
Following in the footsteps of major players and beneficiaries of the African trade,
the trails reveal where they lived, conducted their business, socialised and
worshipped, seemingly oblivious to the suffering of their slaves.
Here are tales of merchants, shipbuilders, sugar refiners, plantation owners,
tavern keepers, trade goods manufacturers and bankers. Also included are
accounts of brave abolitionists, brutal ships’ officers and poverty-pressed slave
ship crewmen whose miserable existence was often little better than those of the
enslaved human cargo.
Terry Townsend has written extensively about English life in the eighteenth century, including six
books for Halsgrove amongst which are Jane Austen’s Hampshire, Jane Austen and Bath and
Jane Austen’s Kent.
Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 104 4, hardback, 210x148mm, 128 pages. Published September 2016.