BRISTOL'S working life - the foundation of the economy of the city - has never before been the subject of a detailed, highly illustrated history. John Penny's fascinating account of this vital aspect of the city's past uses a remarkable selection of rare photographs and other illustrations to record the variety of businesses, trades, industries and services that generated Bristol's wealth and gave a livelihood to its people. Over the centuries Bristol has established itself as a centre for industries as diverse as tobacco, chocolate, chemicals, brick-making, pottery, ship-building, motorcycles, publishing, banking, insurance, plane-making and brewing. Throughout this time the city functioned as one of the foremost ports in the country. Conditions and processes in these trades and industries are described in vivid detail, and the author recalls the generations of Bristolians who spent their lives working Many readers will be surprised to learn of the huge variety of work carried out locally over the last 150 years and will be reminded of just how many well-known local firms have disappeared within their lifetimes.
John Penny's revealing, thoroughly researched and lively account will be essential reading for everyone who enjoys Bristol's history.
JOHN PENNY has been studying Bristol's history for 25 years. As co-founder of the Fishponds Local History Society, he is well known for his work on the city's history and he has acted as historical adviser on local theatre, radio and television productions. He has also written, lectured and broadcast regularly on various aspects of local history. His most recent book is Bristol at War.