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29 Queen Square

English Heritage now have their regional headquarters at number 29 and it is the best preserved of the original buildings in the square. This is illustrated by its forecourt gates and railings and internal panelling and staircase. The house was built in 1709 for Alderman Nathanial Day who part owned a number of slave ships and who later became Bristol's Mayor in 1737. Day petitioned against a proposed tax on slaves.

By mid century, number 29 was the home of Henry Bright, a prominent Merchant Venturer and slave trader. On his death in 1771 he left "an annuity of £10 per annum, chargeable on the house where I now dwell, to my black servant, Bristol".

Content generated during research for the paperback book 'Bristol: Ethnic Monorities and the City 1000-2001' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-477-5 ) for the England's Past for Everyone series

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21st Century (2000- )