Hello my Luv,
Mrs. Higgins here. Don’t you look lovely.
So I’m to tell you about the little do we had at the Eldon House pub back in April 2011, you know that charming little one just off Jacob’s Wells Road opposite the QEH Theatre.
We chatted to folk, we went to the records office, we read books and looked on the interweb to see what we could unearth about the pub and it’s surrounding history. We shared some of what we found out on this blog here below. Feel free to add any extra tit bits you might know of…
We found out that the infamous scientist Thomas Beddoes has his practice near by where the pain relief qualities of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) were discovered and cow’s breath was thought to heal consumption, that Jacob’s Wells Road is named after a medieval Jewish that is still intact in the back of an office building at the bottom of Constitution Hill and that the Stranger’s Cemetery next door to the pub was for visitors to Bristol that died while visiting the Hot Wells in the 19th century . Oh and that the Eldon used to have one of the best jukeboxes in Bristol!
It was a lovely evening of music, stand up comedy, performance poetry and slightly surreal events occurring within the pub. Some lucky folk were whisked out of the pub on adventures either following a red thread of wool that led to the actual medieval Jewish well, or a chasing a woman in search of her lost cat into the Strangers Cemetery or helping a postman with deliveries of suspicious packages up to Thomas Beddoes’ laboratory.
Katie Dunn saving Wilma from becoming part of Thomas Beddoes’ experiment
The lovely folk that joined us for the evening were welcome to either sit back and enjoy the entertainment in the pub or get involved and follow an invitation to be led off on an adventure.
Kesty Morrison sings amid the trees
Lovely to see you, and hopefully see you all soon.
And if you see me at the bar always remember, mine’s a pint of Stella.
x Mrs. H