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The Greyhound Hotel Broadmead Bristol

The Greyhound Hotel Broadmead Bristol

This fine inn was first erected in 1620 though most of its original features have failed to survive the numerous alterations which it has undergone. Try then to visualise its past importance as a large coaching inn with extensive stabling yards at the back; it was so important in fact that John Rocque’s map of Bristol in 1750 indicated it as 'The Greyhound Inn, a large building in Broadmead.'

The Greyhound is one of the few inns which still has a central drive-in, once open to the sky, where coach passengers were taken straight through to the heart of the inn, thus enabling luggage to be handed up to the bedrooms and avoiding difficult stairs.

This flat-stoned driveway is still retained though a slatted roof has been so constructed that its original purpose has been lost.

Today, the place is littered with small tables and striped umbrellas to provide more drinking space, quite alien to the inn’s intention. The old coach office and servants’ accommodation at ground floor level have all gone and small, identical, modern bars have taken their place.

The frontage of the inn is one of the most well-known in Bristol. Originally constructed of timber-frame, it was first rendered in the eighteenth century and took on the familiar shape of today.

When the Broadmead area was rebuilt in the 1950s, this inn was retained as being of historic value. In 1958 however it was decided to insert shops in the ground floor where the coach offices and quarters had been, and this put too great a strain on the old building.

The whole of the frontage had to be rebuilt, fortunately in exact replica. The central carriageway, the strong but simple main door, the early eighteenth century sash-windows with glazing bars were all retained.

To the left of the present building there was another inn in 1775 called the Bell,, later re-named the Birmingham. Eventually both houses were joined and the Greyhound extended its rooms.

By the late nineteenth century this other building was used as a Post Office and it remained so until completely destroyed in the ‘blitz’. That same blitz saw the destruction of two other old inns just opposite the Greyhound~, the Antelope and the Armada which were never rebuilt.

It is not certain when the Greyhound was actually licensed but we do know that it has been of great importance in Bristol life.

The 1800 Guide tells us that waggons left for London three times a week and daily for places like Chippenham and Gloucester. It also advertised, 'a caravan leaves for Thornbury.'

Before Fairfax Street was covered over, the open water of the Frome ran past the back door of the Greyhound through an arch under Union Street. Opposite this back entrance to the inn was the old Newgate Prison, its bastions rising from the water’s edge. Today shops and trading courtyards replace the old landscape.

There was once room behind the inn for large stabling which by the 1880’s was used by the Bristol Carriage Company as Livery and Bait Stables. The back wall of the inn still has the high hay-loft doors but the post-war development of Broadmead used up all the space behind the inn and it lost its back entrance.

The Greyhound was obviously an important place in the area and there have been some notable names associated with it. The painter Turner stayed in 1791 with his friend John Narrowby, who lived just a few doors away and he would have used the inn as his ‘local’.

The inn was also the scene of the capture of the local highwayman, 'Dick Boy' Richard Caines, leader of the notorious Cock Road Gang who preyed on travellers on the Bath Road. One night in 1808 he was found nursing a broken ankle in the attic, arrested and later hanged on Highbury Hill.

By 1824 the Greyhound was the meeting place for the supporters of parliamentary candidates when a notice announced that, 'The Freemen of these Parishes for the interests of Mr Bright are particularly requested to meet at the Greyhound; Broadmead, tomorrow morning at eight o’clock to receive their cockades.'

There are two historic landmarks opposite the inn which did survive the ‘blitz’. The Arcade was built in 1824 as a covered shopping way for the owners of the new houses in the vicinity.

It is complete in every detail as originally built with attractive bow-fronted shops and an entrance flanked by fluted ionic columns, and so for many it is more satisfying than the better-known Burlington Arcade.

Next to the Arcade is the New Room, the first Methodist Chapel in the world. John Wesley recorded in his journal of May 9, 1793, 'we took possession of a piece of ground in the Horsefair where it was designed to build a room.' On Saturday the twelfth the first stone was laid, 'with the voice of prayer and thanksgiving.' The building has been restored to its original condition and on this now enclosed site is preserved for all time.

This was one place where John Wesley would not need the services of the local inn to stable his horse, for the tiny stable where he and

Royalist sipping wine

Royalist  sipping wine

Royalist officer of the Kings Army sipping wine in Bolsover Castle sword close to hand with candle cards fruit meat and map on table before him moments before the castle was attacked and stormed by a large force of red coated Roundhead musketeers and pikemen

This photo of Jeff Parker was taken on my Canon T70 using natural light and an almost steady hand reminding me of a dutch 17th century pub or ale house character painting

talking of which this is one of the songs we used to sing

Come landlord fill the flowing bowl,
Until it doth run over,...(x2)
For tonight we'll merry, merry be,...(x3)
Tommorow we'll be sober.

Here's to the man who drinks small ale,
And goes to bed quite sober,...(x2)
Fades as the leaves do fade,...(x3)
That fall off in october.

Here's to the man who drinks strong ale,
And goes to bed quite mellow,...(x2)
Lives as he ought to live,...(x3)
And dies a jolly good fellow.

Here's to the girl who steals a kiss,
And runs to tell her mother,...(x2)
She's a very foolish thing,...(x3)
She'll never get another.

Here's to the girl who steals a kiss,
And runs back for another,...(x2)
She's a boon to all man kind,...(x3)
But soon she'll be a mother.

If i had a pile of bricks,
I'd build my chimney higher,...(x2)
That would stop the neighbour cat,...(x3)
From pissing on my fire.

Come walk along this leafy lane,
And don't be so particular,...(x2)
If the grass is very wet,...(x3)
We'll do it perpendicular

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