In pictures: An incredible walk from a half-a-century-old guide book of Bristol with historic pub

I was surprised how little the areas in Bristol had changed

When I saw it, I just couldn’t resist buying it. There, on eBay, was a small hand-sized book called ‘Walking around Bristol’ by Helena Eason, printed in 1979 - and I could buy it for under £10!

Please forgive me for my love of walks and nostalgia, as previously seen here, but I thought it’d be of interest to read how an area of Bristol looked like through the eyes of someone nearly half a century ago, compared to now.

Back in 1979, of course, there were fewer cars, and more buses. Bristol was smaller in terms of housing. And there were many more pubs open.

But, as I found out, many places, as well as attitudes, haven’t changed. In her introduction, Ms Eason says ‘it is a sad fact that Government economies and local vandalism’ sometimes lead to buildings becoming damaged or/and derelict.

The walk I chose was Walk 4, from Lawrence Weston to Kings Weston to Shirehampton, and I completed it with my family on a beautiful, warm day last week. It took me from Lawrence Weston, past the Giant Goram pub and up to Kings Weston House. Then we walked down into Shirehampton before finishing at The Lamplighters pub.

We managed to get a bus back from Shirehampton to Lawrence Weston to also take us back to our car. Here’s a collection of photographs showing the way we took with comments from the 1979 walking guide book:

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