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The Georgian House

Address: Great George Street, BS1 5RR

Date: Georgian period (1714-1837)

‘The Georgian House’ used to be the home of the Pinney family. It was built in 1790 for John Pinney (1740-1818) and the house was paid for with money he gained from his sugar plantations on the Caribbean island of Nevis. The Pinney family had a black slave who lived in the house. His name was Pero and Pero’s bridge on the Bristol Harbourside is named after him. When Pinney died he left a fortune of over £340,000.

After making his fortune from his sugar plantations, John Pinney brought ships and loaned money to other plantation owners. His company offices used to be in buildings behind the Georgian House.

The house is furnished as if the Pinney family still lived there, and is a museum that is free for the public to visit. There is a small display about the Pinneys and Nevis on the upper floor.

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The Georgian House Museum produced a Sugar Trail resource and this and more information can be found at The Georgian House webpage.

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