Bristol Bridge Massacre, 12th June 2024

In 1793, a crowd gathered to object to the continuation of a toll to cross Bristol Bridge. After several days of protest, the militia opened fire on the protesters and 14 people were killed.

At the inquest that followed it was realised there had been a terrible mistake. The crowd were not revolutionaries, but rather respectable men and women. The massacre was subsequently hushed up.

Join Mike Manson, editor of Bristol Civic Society’s Better Bristol magazine, as he guides us through this dark period in Bristol’s history.

Meet at 10.50am on the Castle Park side of Bristol Bridge. The walk will cover about a quarter of a mile and last around an hour. There are only 15 places and booking is essential. The cost is £3 per person. Members will be invited by email to book a place.

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