If you‘d like to find out about Redcliffe’s fascinating history, and the secrets that have been revealed during excavations at Redcliff Quarter, come along to an archaeology open day on Saturday 15th September.
A pop-up exhibition will also be running from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September, at St Mary Redcliffe Church. Showcasing further information about the excavations, there will the chance to handle finds from site and have a go at being an archaeologist yourself. Activities for children will also include dressing up and making your own medieval soap.
The Redcliffe area of Bristol has a fascinating history. From the 12th century onwards, Redcliffe developed as a thriving commercial suburb with cloth dyeing as an important industry. Dyestuffs and wine were imported into Bristol, and finished cloth exported to the continent. Other trades included metal and leather working, and inns populated the northern end of Redcliff Street. Whilst during the 15th century, Redcliff Street housed some of Bristol’s wealthiest citizens, by the 17th century the suburb had been largely redeveloped and used for industrial activities and trades including the production of sugar, soap and the distilling of vinegar.
Redcliffe’s vital role in the city’s economy continues to this day with our development at Redcliff Quarter – another significant step in the suburb’s rich history.
For details of the open day, and more information about the archaeology at Redcliff Quarter including a short film, visit http://cotswoldarchaeology.co.uk/redcliff-quarter/
Open Day Details
Redcliff Quarter Archaeological Open Day: Saturday 15th September 10-4pm
Redcliff Quarter Pop-Up Exhibition at St Mary Redcliffe Church:
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September 10-4pm, Sunday 16th September 12:30-5.30pm
The nearest car park is on Portwall Lane (BS1 6NB), although street parking (max 2 hour stay) is available surrounding the site. All ages welcome. Please let Cotswold Archaeology know in advance if you have any special requirements.
Redcliff Street, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6LP
Entry via a gate in the perimeter hoarding on Redcliff Street, opposite The Co-operative Food store. Look for hoarding and signage along Redcliff Street, Three Queens’ Lane and St Thomas Street