As part of the Homes for Heroes 100 programme, we are publishing a new book of walks on a housing theme. This blog looks at one of the areas to be covered – St Pauls – which is the focus of some of the Homes for Heroes 100 activity led by the Architecture Centre.

St Pauls Library and Learning Centre

St Pauls provides an opportunity to look at examples of council/ social housing in Bristol today. It also provides an opportunity to look further back into the city’s housing history, starting in the late eighteenth-century. The walk will examine the circumstances that make residential neighbourhoods change in character over a period of time, and address historic issues relating to poor-standard housing on the edge of the inner-city – the type of homes which many residents moved from in order to start new lives on the council estates being built in the suburbs. The walk will follow a route devised to link green spaces in the city, which is being developed as part of Bristol Legible City.

St Pauls Gardens

If you live or have lived in St Pauls we’d welcome any memories or anecdotes you’d like to share about the area, particularly in relation to the key stopping points on the walk.

Brunswick Square

Brunswick Cemetery

Portland Square

St Pauls Church and Park

St Agnes Park

St Pauls Learning Centre

St Pauls Gardens Estate

Site of the Bamboo Club

Your comments will help us gather background material for the descriptions in the publication and may also be quoted from directly (if used, we will credit your contribution in the acknowledgements so please include your full name, unless you prefer to remain anonymous).

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Appeal for Family Photos/

In addition to the request above regarding St Pauls, we are also collecting family photos from people who have lived in council housing anywhere in Bristol. Some of these are to be used on the back cover of the Homes for Heroes 100 graphic history of council housing in Bristol, but we might use some elsewhere as well, including on our blog and in social media.

They can be the most ordinary of family photos – everyone watching TV, celebrating Christmas, larking about in the garden, kids with pets, or two or three generations posing to have their picture taken. They can be from anytime between the 1920s and 1980s.

If you’d like to be part of this, please email a high-resolution scan to the same address as above,  telling us when and where (the street name will do, we don’t need the house number) the photo was taken, and the names of the people in it.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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