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Join journalist and writer Paul Breeden on an hour-long walk around the cemetery to find the memorials to three of the subjects of his stories. Expect to hear not just tales of tragedy, but of pioneering reformers and scientists, ordinary workers and extraordinary individuals, all of whose stories show how the tale of one life can shine a light on the grand themes of our history as a city and a nation.
Wandering the cemetery with his dog gave journalist Paul Breeden the idea of researching the histories behind some of the gravestones.
What was the story of the grave which records the names of five teenagers and ends with the stark line “Drowned at Teignmouth, July 1874”?
What was the regime enforced at Bristol goal by its governor, James Gardner, hailed on his 1882 gravestone as a “prisoner reformer”? (Hint: Under Gardner’s “reforms” prisoners had to remain silent, and were flogged if they didn’t.)
Over the past five years Paul has been writing historical articles with a South Bristol connection, most of them relating to Arnos Vale and its graves. All have been included in South Bristol Voice magazine and recently a selection were published in a book, Stories of Bristol, which is on sale in the Arnos Vale Cemetery shop.
After the talk, Paul will be signing copies of his book.
Visiting: Arnos Vale Cemetery is not a fully accessible site. The tour route includes some steep slopes, steps, and muddy or uneven paths. Warm clothes and sensible shoes are strongly recommended.
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