The Ashmeads of Bristol, a tale of Maps, Tragedies and Sewers’ by Alan & Jane Bambury is about the life and times of George Culley Ashmead (1800-1895) and his family.
This talk traces the life and times of the Ashmead Family through the 19th C and details their contributions to the development of Bristol.
The first part covers his various business interests including that of mapmaker and surveyor. Three of his maps appear on the Know Your Place website. It also looks at his involvement in the Baptist movement, abolition of slavery, and other philanthropic interests.
The second part is about some unfortunate accidents which befell some members of the family.
The final part details the career of his second son, Frederick, during his 47 year tenure first as Surveyor to the Local Board of Health, then Borough Engineer to the Sanitary Authority. He was responsible for the implementation of much of the infrastructure of Bristol as we know it today, i.e. sewers, roads, bridges and parks.
The talk is well illustrated with many pictures of 19th century Bristol, maps, plans and also includes a few amusing and interesting aspects of Victorian life and lasts approx. 70 minutes
Parking is available on site