Sweet History landmark (photo)

Number 29 Queen Square

Address: Queen Square, BS1
Date: Built in 1709 (Stuart period)

This house was built in 1709 for Alderman Nathanial Day who part-owned several slave ships and who became Bristol’s Mayor in 1737. Day fought against having to pay taxes on trading slaves.

During the mid 1700s this fine building was the home of Henry Blight. He had also been a mayor of Bristol and was a Merchant Venturer and slave trader. When he died in 1771, he left an amount of: ‘£10 per year, chargeable on the house where I now dwell, to my black servant, Bristol’.

The building is now home to the South West offices of English Heritage.

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