'Stoke Bishop has less community of interest with Bristol than London has with Brighton,' stated Francis Tagart from his luxurious Old Sneed Park mansion in January 1885. For decades it rankled with Bristolians that those who made their fortunes within Bristol and enjoyed its benefits contributed nothing to its rates as they resided beyond the city boundaries, in the countryside between Sneyd Park and Westbury. But plans were afoot to capture these wealthy areas. This volume is arranged as a series of four textual peregrinations through areas that were once within the Westbury and Henbury parishes. It includes Sea Mills, Stoke Bishop, Sneyd Park, Westbury Park and Henleaze. Walks commence from Shirehampton Park, the Downs, Wood End and Coldharbour Road. The rare illustrations come from the author's own collection, those of the Bristol Reference Library and from private albums.
Anthony Beeson was born in 1948 into a well-established Brighton family. Having worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art Library, he moved to Bristol in 1972 to become Fine Art Librarian, and over the following thirty-seven years developed the Bristol Art Library into one of the finest British public collections of art books. He is an established author and lecturer having had ten volumes published on the history of Bristol, Brighton and Dorset as well as many articles on antiquities and art in academic journals. He is an acknowledged Classical iconographer and an expert on Roman and Greek art and architecture. He is the Hon Archivist of the Association for Roman Archaeology and a member of the Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics and has appeared on the television programme Time Team. In 2000 he reassembled the many hundreds of pieces of the `lost' Newton St Loe Orpheus mosaic in the entrance hall of Bristol museum and in 2017 interpreted and produced the official report on the exceptional and internationally famous Roman mosaic of Pegasus and Bellerophon found at Boxford in Berkshire.