In 1789, Bristol antiquarian William Barrett praised Queen Square “for its delightful walks, shaded with rows of elms, and the cross walks with lime trees, (and it) is esteemed an agreeable place of habitation, as well as of resort in fine weather, for the gentlemen and ladies”.

An agreeable place of habitation for a flock of sheep as well, as this photo from Bristol Record Office shows:

Queen Square 2

Goodness knows what Barrett, a friend of boy poet Thomas Chatterton, would have thought when in 1937 a dual carriageway was built through the middle of the square.

Queen Square features in a new book published this week, Historic Streets And Squares: The Secrets On Your Doorstep, by Melanie Backe-Hansen.

Other featured streets and squares include Great Pulteney Street in Bath, Suffolk Square in Cheltenham and The Street in Castle Coombe.

Queen Square 1

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