naughty or nice?


Local wise manHe threatened to send his pixies around if I was naughty. Told me that he would know if I was good, or not, before he shuffled away into the crowded pre-christmas shopping centre. A retired lecturer from Bristol University’s Arts and Drama department he was well spoken and an engaging talker. In Victoria Square he happily talked to me for the best part of an hour.

He talked of Bristol history; of his involvement in the first balloon festival, of how Don Cameron could once be seen hand sewing balloons in a garage near Clifton suspension bridge, of the founding of St. Peter’s Hospice and best of all about the recently lost social customs of Victoria square.

Victoria SquareThe park was originaly owned by the residents in the surrounding houses. 6ft high metal railings kept the area safe from the public who walked through the central path, the public right of way. Theses metal railings, like so many, were removed to supply iron to help with the British war effort as part of world war 2 then never replaced.

On the right side of the walkway the children of the surronding houses would play, watched over by their Nanny’s. On the left side of the walkway the parents would relax. Occassionally a Nanny would bring a child over to talk to thier parents. The Children would not walk on the public right of way through the park, a specially constructed underpass enabled them to cross without meeting the public. In the 1970’s the underpass became a place where drunks and homeless people gathered for shelter, so the local council removed it by filling it with soil.

Victoria Square

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