Which parts of Bristol were most closely associated with the slave trade?

Street names such as Guinea Street, Jamaica Street, Codrington Place, Tyndall’s Park, Worral and Stapleton Roads are references to Bristol’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.

Are there any descendants of Edward Colston?

With no heirs, Edward Colston gave away his vast fortune before he died in London in 1721. His body was buried in Bristol.

Why is Bristol so rich?

It was a wealthy city. That wealth came from several trading areas. Bristol was involved in the ‘triangular trade’ to Africa and the Americas. The city also traded directly to the European-owned colonies in the Americas, as well as with Europe itself.

Did Colston own slaves?

By 1680, he became involved in the slave trade as a senior executive of the Royal African Company, which held a monopoly on the English trade in African slaves….

Edward Colston
Political party Tory
Relatives Edward Colston (Nephew)
Occupation Merchant

Why is Bristol so radical?

Bristol has been at the heart of radical movements in the UK for centuries. Historically it has been known as a location whose populous would act, often in riots, when they were pushed too far by the ruling class. The Bristol Bridge and Queens Square played host to large-scale riots in 1793 and 1831 respectively.

What industry is Bristol famous for?

Bristol was the first British city to be named European Green Capital. Bristol’s modern economy is built on the creative media, technology, electronics and aerospace industries.

Who was William Colston?

William Colston (fl. 1610–1612) was an Englishman and one of the first settlers in the colony at Cuper’s Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He was almost certainly a native of Bristol, England, and travelled to Newfoundland in 1610 as one of the first settlers in a scheme for the plantation of Newfoundland.

What did Edward Colston do with his money?

On his death in 1721, he bequeathed his wealth to charities and his legacy can still be seen on Bristol’s streets, memorials and buildings. His statue, which stands on Colston Avenue in the city centre, makes no mention of his notorious past.

What did Edward Colston do to get a statue?

Why did Colston have a statue? The 18ft bronze statue of Colston was built as a memorial to his philanthropic works, and has stood on Colston Avenue in Bristol city centre since 1895.

Is Bristol wealthy?

Bristol was voted the wealthiest and happiest city in Britain by MoneySuperMarket. Like all cities, Bristol has its expensive and cheaper areas. The Georgian terraces of Clifton attract many people. Most of the houses are now upmarket apartments but there are still a few houses available.

Why was the statue of Edward Colston pulled down?

She said the statue being taken down represented a “standing solidarity. Bristol is saying we stand with you Black people”. “The past few weeks have been a really big emotional strain and to be a part of the same space as people who feel the same as I do has been significant.