Memories of the Common

March 26 2015

OVER 40 local residents – and some from further afield – came together last month to share their memories of Horfield Common.

OVER 40 local residents – and some from further afield – came together last month to share their memories of Horfield Common.

People attended from as far as Dorset and South Wales to take part in the event, which aimed to document the changes of the area.

The event was hosted by Friends of Horfield Common and English Heritage, and was facilitated by history researcher and UWE graduate Esme Griffiths, who has been leading the 'History of Horfield Common' project alongside the Friends group.

Many of the participants brought along their own photographs and documents, which they contributed to the new social-history archive and historical map which will be produced as a result of the project.

Those attending were able to contribute stories of their memories of living in the area.

Stories included seeing bombers flying over the common and down the length of Thornleigh Road; being taken to see the king and queen who were visiting the barracks stationed at the top end of the common; and hearing the sounds of crowds near Bishop Road when the final hanging took place at Horfield Prison in 1963.

Other memories were much more individual, such as playing on Horfield Common, the allotments that used to cover large areas of the common, and socialising with friends and family in the local area.

FOHC chair, Sam Thomson, said: “This was a fantastic event which demonstrated the interest that there is in developing this project further; FOHC are currently considering how we might be able to do this.

“Esme has enjoyed working with local people and groups, and learning about the Horfield Common area to such an extent that she would like to continue to work with FOHC as a volunteer to continue to develop the project - which is testament to the rich stories and passion for the area that have been evident from everyone who has taken part.”

The new 'History of Horfield Common' resource will be available to view at FOHC's summer picnic which is taking place on June 28.

FOHC welcomes any contributions – this could be in the form of an interview, sharing photographs, or writing down memories.

To get involved, visit: www.friendsofhorfieldcommon.com

Horfield Common memories