The Bristol suburb of Hotwells has always owed its existence to the proximity of water. Its eighteenth-century prosperity centred on the Hot Well spa which briefly rivalled Bath as a fashionable resort for London society. But it also provided more serious employment in shipbuilding and cargo handling well into the second half of the twentieth century. The authors recall the varied experiences of notables like the artist Rolinda Sharples and Humphry Davy experimenting with laughing gas to humbler residents whose personal testimonies of the ‘hard but good’ old days bring Hotwells’ more recent history vividly to life.
ISBN 1 900178 88 5
250mm x 210mm
128pp / more than 150 black & white illustrations