=== Troopers Hill, Work, Rest & Play ===
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Lots of people have memories of Troopers Hill and the surrounding area.
Many people have said they enjoyed playing on Troopers Hill as children. Some say with a smile that they used to go there when they were 'courting'.
We are very pleased to be able to post some of these memories via this website.
Troopers Hill is in Crews Hole in the south of the St George area of Bristol.
St George became an Ecclesiastical parish in 1751, a Civil Parish in 1784 and became part of Bristol in 1897. Crews Hole and later St Anne's on the other side of the river was an industrial area until the 1980s. The main employers, after copper smelting stopped in the early 1800s. were Butlers Tar Works, Lysaghts, the Cotton Factory, the Board Mills and various chemical works of which the largest was Netham.
12 Communities 1 Bristol
Troopers Hill features in the St George edition of this series of local oral history podcasts by Marcus Smith. Contributors: Alice Homewood, Sabine Groven and Richard Wheeler.
Rob talks about Elizabeth Emra; Steve shares his memories of the Hill; Rob & Susan along with Rupert Higgins talk about the importance of the Hill for wildlife and Christina shares her memories of the fire that spread across the Hill in 1995.
BCfm in partnership with Bristol 24/7, Bristol Museums, Bristol Archives, UWE Bristol and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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Elizabeth Emra, or 'Little Elizabeth', was the author of 'Scenes in our Parish' the first part of which was published in 1830 and the second in 1832.
Elizabeth's father was John Emra, vicar at St George Church and she described herself as 'A Country Parson's Daughter'. You can read a brief description of her life and some quotes from her book via the link below:
Tom Fry was born in 1902 and used to live on Air Balloon Rd. This document was hand written and included several sketches, it was lent to us by Raymond Holland.
One of our members kindly typed this document up for us and Tom's family have said that they are happy for the document to be published being sure that that is what Tom would have wanted.
Memories of Troopers Hill, Crews Hole, Conham & Hanham by Tom Fry (3MB)
A second set of memories is from David Hurt who used to live in St George. Extracts from his account 'Bristol as I knew it' can also be downloaded.
Extracts from 'Bristol as I knew it' by David Hurt
Keith, who worked at Gingell's butchers, shared his memories in the Spring 2014 edition of 'The Hill' our Newsletter.
The Hill Spring 2014 - Memories of Troopers Hill - Keith James (see p3)
St Anne's - New Bristlington
The area now known as St Anne's Park was originally known as New Brislington, much of this area was farm land until the late 1800s and early 1900s. It gradually became more built up built up and the Board Mills were established by the river in 1913.
This document has memories of the area from the 1890s / 1900s; it was produced as part of a project at St Anne's Junior School and found during the move to Wicklea Academy in 2015. A copy was passed to us for inclusion on this website by Alex Harries in January 2021.
The first page is a letter from Harry Tinzel (possibly Finzel) dated December 1967, the remaining 35 pages are the recollections of AH Jenkins, dated June 1961.
We belive the documents were typed from an original manuscript. As such there are some typos, notably the 'Cotton Factory' is sometimes refered to as the 'Bottom Factory'. In reading the document, you might find it useful to look at the 1900s map of the area on the Council's mapping system, especially as some of the road names have changed.
Memories of New Brislington