Jul 202018

The Old Building c.1780 ( Upper Mauldin Street ) is the 4th oldest hospital in the UK and Bristol’s largest Georgian building by far.  In November its chapel was listed by Historic England, and in the disappointing absence of the BRI Old Building itself being nationally listed, Bristol City Council is now hoping to protect it by extending the boundary of the adjacent St. James’s Parade Conservation Area to include the BRI Old Building, its newly listed Chapel and the two splendid listed Georgian buildings at 16 & 17 Lower Maudlin Street, which are occupied by the Eye Hospital.


It is vital that all supporters of this proposal (both groups and individuals) respond to the consultation before the 9th August deadline, but sooner if possible.


Please click on the link just below and then the secondary links to study the proposal, and then submit your support if you wish.  Even a short word will do, as every individual response counts as one more towards a successful decision.


 Posted by on July 20, 2018
Jun 192018

Minutes of a Committee Meeting held on 6th June 2018 at 42 St Matthew’s Road

Present: Pauline Allen, Pat Harrad, Nick Kidwell, Andy King, Jeremy Newick (minutes), Nigel Tasker (chairman), David Winter

Apologies: Helen Phillips, Sue Paterson, Alastair Gambles

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 1st May 2018 were approved.

Matters arising: 

DW declared he had not responded on the Group’s behalf to Unite’s pre-application proposals for the redevelopment of the former BRI buildings between Marlborough Street, Whitson Street and Lower Maudlin Street.

AK would circulate the KCG response he submitted to the appeal against the refusal of 17/01973/F – 1 & 3 Cotham Road South – Proposed conversion of the existing shop to residential use.

17/06169/F – Tyndall Avenue – The application proposing closure to motor traffic had not been withdrawn but appeared to be in limbo.

NK and JN are to attend the University Community Forum on 12th June. AK suggested they raise, once again, the disfigurement of the streetscape caused by the present and chronic gap in the terrace of University buildings on the west side of St Michael’s Hill. Replacement buildings should be commissioned.

Agenda items:

Earlier this evening, Helen Phillips and a gathering of members had planted a Hawthorn tree in the Triangular Garden at The Back of Kingsdown Parade.

Planning applications:

18/01057/F – The Ark, St Matthew’s Road – DW would circulate a draft response to the proposal to fence-off an area of ground to form a garden approached via a new door.

18/02025/F – 6 Kingsdown Parade – Proposed restoration of the existing house and the building of 5 further houses. JN to circulate a draft response.

AGM NK would forward the minutes to AK who would put them on the KCG website.

NT undertook to assemble a paper copy of future minutes of each meeting in an appropriate file.

A majority decision indicated a preference to increase the annual subscription of the Group to £10 per household, although that increase would not be introduced at present. An audit of the membership would be made.

A synopsis of each meeting’s business should written by the minute taker, in order for it to be put on the website.

Next meeting: 5th July 2018 at 12A Kingsdown Parade

 Posted by on June 19, 2018
Jun 142018

Bristol Civic Society are putting up a blue plaque on the gate of No 87 on Monday 18 June, as Robert Southey (Poet Laureate) lived here briefly in 1801/2.  There will be an unveiling ceremony at 11.00am.  He was born in Bristol and had Kingsdown connections.  It seems to have been his and his wife’s first house (rented), before moving to live with the Coleridges in the Lakes.

also reminder…

Kingsdown Vault’s Street Party  Saturday June 30th



 Posted by on June 14, 2018
May 192018

The KCG have bought a ‘Crimson King’ Hawthorn tree to replace the Catalpa which was damaged by wind on the Triangle Garden, St Matthews Road.

The celebration planting will take place on the evening of Wednesday June 6th at about 7 pm. Everyone’s welcome to give a hand – or an opinion –  on all aspects of Kingsdown community gardening.

 Posted by on May 19, 2018
May 032018
  • the Kingsdown Vaults will be holding a street party outside the pub on Saturday June 30th.

Andy Bridges wants to have stalls, games etc as well as music. If you would like to help or have ideas contact kingsdownvaultsbristol@gmail.com

  • Planning

    • 6 Kingsdown Parade (on the corner of Marlborough Hill and Kingsdown Parade) 18/01535/F – Proposal to demolish and build 3-bedroom house. The Group supports the application, with minor comments on aspects of its design.

    • 12E Alfred Place 17/01805/H – Retrospective permission sought for an attic extension, built without planning permission. The group opposes the application.

    • The former launderette at 1 & 3 Cotham Road South – Appeal against Refusal of planning permission to convert shop to flats. The Group supports the Refusal; it would like to see a shop there.

    • BRI Old Hospital. Unite are consulting on revised, somewhat reduced, outline proposals (504 students instead of 715 and a medical school). S.C.Fripp’s Chapel is now listed Grade 2 and would be retained. What is thought to be the largest surviving Georgian building in Bristol, Thomas Paty’s Old Hospital Building itself would be entirely demolished. The Group favours the retention and reconfiguration of elements of the Old Hospital Building. Many hundreds of letters of objection opposed an earlier scheme involving demolition. There was one letter of support.

    • Proposed demolition of the Eugene Street flats and their replacement with an 8-storey Hospital Car Park. Planning application awaited.

  • If you like weeding…we will be attacking the goosegrass etc on Montague Green: Thursday 10th May 2pm.

 Posted by on May 3, 2018
Apr 112018

AGM 18th April

A reminder that our AGM will be held next Wednesday, 18th April at St Matthews Church. Doors open at 7.30 and the short AGM begins at 8pm with a talk afterwards by our neighbour Harry Marshall of Icon Film. There will be a bar for refreshments and plenty of time to chat and discuss Kingsdown matters. Everyone is welcome, so please let anyone new to Kingsdown know about the evening.

Lord Mayor’s Medal for David and Penny Mellor

Last week David Mellor and Penny Mellor each received the Lord Mayor’s Medal for their respective charitable and voluntary work championing Bristol’s architecture and heritage.

They were among 21 people awarded, acknowledged for dedicating their time to promoting the city, supporting their community and charity fundraising .The Awards Ceremony took place at the Mansion House last week (Thursday 22 March) with the Lord Mayor’s Medal Citation reading:

David Mellor – for his charitable work championing better buildings in Bristol

For more than 20 years David, of Kingsdown, has chaired the board of the Architecture Centre in Bristol and championed having contemporary buildings and a better built environment. He helped it to achieve Arts Council status as a National Portfolio Organisation and although he has passed on the role of chair, he remains a strong supporter of the charity.

Penny Mellor – for her voluntary work to promote Bristol and its history                                       Penny, of Kingsdown, established the Bristol Doors Open Day, which is an annual event whereby buildings and places of interest across the city open their doors to the public to celebrate, for free, Bristol’s heritage, community and history. Since 1994 she has organised Bristol Doors Open Day alongside a small team of volunteers and 80 venues now take part. Penny no longer runs the event but remains a very active supporter.

Penny also organised the Kingsdown 250 Exhibition in1990 and has written several books about Kingsdown , the most recent in conjunction with Mary Wright.

See also https://www.architecturecentre.org.uk/2018/03/two-lord-mayor-medals-awarded-to-champions-of-bristol-architecture/

 Posted by on April 11, 2018
Apr 012018

Delayed from last month, the Kingsdown Charity Brunch will go ahead on Saturday 7th April in its usual place on the Gravel Triangle, Back of Kingsdown Parade/ St Matthews Road from 9 – 11.30 or until food runs out. Scrumptious bacon butties or delicious vegan baps served with really good coffee.  Please come and support us and tell your neighbours. This very sociable event funds help for the casualties of the war torn Middle East.

On Wednesday 18th April we will be holding the AGM of Kingsdown Conservation Group. This year we have an illustrated talk by one of our neighbours, Harry Marshall of Icon Films, titled ‘We’ll fix it in the edit’. The doors open in St Matthews’ Church, Clare Road at 7.30 pm with the AGM starting at 8pm. There will be a bar for refreshments and plenty of time to talk about what you think is important in Kingsdown today. Everyone welcome.

The city wide consultations on important issues in Bristol (Bristol Local Plan Review, New Urban Living SPD and HMO licensing) will run until April 13th for your comments.

 Posted by on April 1, 2018
Feb 282018

Next Kingsdown Charity Brunch

Due to the daunting weather forecast for the next few days we have decided to postpone the next Brunch, scheduled for this Saturday ( 3rd March ) until Saturday 7th April. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to see you there in better weather.

Sunday Cake Sale

The weather forecast has not put off the enthusiasm of some of Colston’s Primary School pupils who are having a Cake Sale on the Gravel Triangle this Sunday, 4th March, 10 – 11.30 in aid of new equipment for their school’s playground.

Theft of more Paving Slabs

Spring Hill’s paving has been targeted again by thieves who have prised up several more of it’s pennant stones. Please be vigilant especially late at night  and inform the police by phoning 101

On the wider front there are two consultations, on important issues, happening in our city. These include Housing; Employment Land; Student Accommodation and Air Quality.

Bristol Local Plan Review

Your views are being asked for about changes to the Bristol Local Plan.

The Local Plan Review consultation proposes updates to the policies for deciding planning applications, guiding development in the city over the next twenty years.  The reviewed Local Plan will help deliver the new homes and jobs we need, shape our city for the future and safeguard the environmental assets we value most.  The proposals have a focus on delivering new and affordable homes.  The results of this consultation will help to shape a draft plan which will be consulted on later this year.

The Local Plan review consultation document can be viewed at www.bristol.gov.uk/localplanreview and in local libraries.  The web site and consultation document includes details of how to respond.  Comments should be submitted by 13th April 2018.

New Urban Living SPD

The city is also consulting on a new supplementary planning document on urban living which will explain how successful, liveable places can be created at high densities. The consultation has gone live at:- https://bristol.citizenspace.com/growth-regeneration/urban-living/
and will also run until 13th April 2018.


 Posted by on February 28, 2018
Feb 062018

This week, Wednesday 7th there will be a weeding session for Montague Green and the surrounding pavements. Everyone welcome. Meet on the green at 10 am with gardening gloves and we will have hoes and spades and pruning equipment.

On following Wednesdays in February the weeding sessions will be in High Kingsdown. Meet in the Playground at 9.30am.

 Posted by on February 6, 2018
Jan 242018

Although it is a quiet time of year, there are still some issues that residents of Bristol might wish to be kept informed about.  For citywide issues affecting us, you might like to sign up for Councillor Mark Wright’s Cabot eNews at :- mark.wright@bristol.gov.uk

Consultation on Bristol’s Parks. As you might know Bristol’s Parks department are to have their budget cut by 2/3 rds. and economies have to be made and income generated. The consultation for these plans are open until 29th January on this link www.bristol.gov.uk/parksconsultation.   The independent group, Bristol Parks Forum have their own analysis of the plans on their website www.bristolparksforum.org.uk

Trees, Green and Weedy.  For those that would have a concern about the state of our green spaces, High Kingsdown have a Weeding Wednesday on January 24th and 31st. ( Meet 9.30 in the High Kingsdown Playground, all tools supplied )  They have kindly agreed to lend us their tools to use on the following Wednesday,   February 7th.  Anyone interested in weeding, maintaining or discussing our Green Spaces or pavements please meet at 10 o clock on Montague Green, with gloves.

Advance notice of the Great Bristol Spring Clean, March 2nd – 11th. Bristol Waste Company are loaning out litter picking kits. Contact them by emailing hello@bristolwastecompany.co.uk

Kingsdown Past and Present   We will be hosting a presentation of KCG archive photos (as shown at our last AGM) at the Kingsdown Wine Vaults on Wednesday 21st February. 7pm onwards. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a jolly evening reminiscing and maybe meeting new neighbours. If you have any photos of any event or time in Kingsdown do bring them along!

Empire on Film Night. Ingrid Sinclair has curated a film night from the 2,000 or so films in Bristol Record’s Empire and Commonwealth collection. Home movies ( re-mastered) from far and wide in the British empire. Wonderful stuff. February 7th 6 – 8.30 at the City Museum. £10

 Posted by on January 24, 2018