Bristol and a visit to Hunstrete House

cnwriter..carolina By cnwriter..carolina, 12th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A visit to Bristol, a popular holiday resort and Hunstrete House, a gorgeous Georgian Property in southern England. now in liquidation. The slave trade and its effect on Bristol.

Bristol's slave trade

The splendid city of Bristol was once England's second city. Definitely a trading place, it grew in importance after the Norman Conquest of 1066 when William the Conqueror gave orders for a castle to be erected. Beautiful houses appeared throughout the city built on the proceeds of Spanish shipping plundered off the coasts of the Americas. Churches and many fine buildings were erected, funded by Bristol merchants who dabbled in the slave trade and whose ships returned to Bristol laden with goods from the New World including cane sugar, tobacco and cocoa.
Perhaps the most revealing of life back through the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries once could be viewed at the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum centrally located inside Isambard Kingdom Brunel's historic 19th century railway terminus at Temple Meads. This explored in detail how West Africa with its many rich, diverse cultures, great cities and thriving economies was raped and plundered by the earlier merchants and such entities as the Hudson Bay and East Indian Companies. Many people from areas like Songhai where advances in medicine, mathematics and astronomy were more than a match for European science of the day, were sold as slaves. Britain also played a role in the slave trade in the Americas.

The shipyard of Bristol

There are many other attractions in Bristol to numerous to write about but mention must be made of the SS Great Britain, designed by Brunel and the first steam ship to cross the Atlantic. This is a great venue for all who enjoy exploring wonders of the world.

Hunstrete House...a story of a beautiful old country house now in liquidation

Well welcome to Hunstrete House Hotel. Here a certain quality of light illumines the lush foliage and warms the honey coloured brick of this fascinating country house hotel. It dapples the grey and pinkish white hides of the does as they playfully flirt and then shyly turn away from the piercing eyes of the antlered deer. It ripples across the quietly moving waters of the trout stream and turns the shining leaves of the great towering trees to gold.
Such is the background for those who enjoy the mystique of staying in a country house hotel that affords the visitor all the enjoyment of a well-endowed private home. The library and drawing room are beautifully furnished with antiques, original paintings and collections of fine porcelain. Log fires burn throughout the winter and add warmth and a homelike comfort.
The old walled kitchen garden gives up an abundance of fruit, vegetables and herbs to enhance the cuisine for which Hunstrete is well known both far and near. The rectangular garden with its paths and borders, greenhouses and orchard is a wondrous place to wander and mull over beds of baby carrots and leeks, shallots and garlic, varied purple and green lettuces, rocket and every variety of herb. Lavender hedges encircle nursery beds and during the summer the vibrant borders are massed with lupins, blue and mauve geraniums, poppies, sweet peas and roses which are picked to make colourful displays in the house. Fruit cages are filled with raspberries, gooseberries, red currants, loganberries, boysenberries and kiwi fruit that the chef cleverly baked into pies and compotes and uses to enhance ice creams.

Now this beautiful old country home is no more but I had to regale you of the pleasures that once were available to pleasure seekers like myself...

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Bristol, Cuisine, East Indian Company, Hunstrete House, Plunder, Slave Trade, Slavery, To The New World

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Feb 2012 (#)

such a pity that the long stretching effects of George Bush and his terrible war in Iraq together with the corroberation of the British prime minister at that time, Blair, have caused the failure and closing of so many fabulous properties in the British countryside.

I know it is all part of a higher and perfect happening but still such a pity.

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author avatar Buzz
12th Feb 2012 (#)

This is a wonderful page, carolan. I share your views and sentiments.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Feb 2012 (#)

I have fond memories of Bristol. I worked there for a couple of years on a project. It is a very important town in terms of English trade; especially being on one of the main train lines into London, The Great Western Railway.
Spent much time wandering around the old port, that was my favourite part of the city

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Feb 2012 (#)

thank you Peter

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Very interesting, well prersented article cnwriter. Thank you.

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Feb 2012 (#)

I just love the way you write my friend, and this article is a pleasure to read, and the image of the ship took my breath away. Just beautiful..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Feb 2012 (#)

yes my friend, 'tis a gorgeous image...thank you for being so supportive...

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