The Lons and the Lives of the People Who Lived There

A group from Bitton Parish History Group led by Annette Rothwell have researched the history of The Lons and the people who lived there, by delving into census records, newspapers, electoral rolls and military records. The information includes stories from local people who knew some of the more recent inhabitants, the memories of girls who had attended school at The Lons and people who used The Lons Country Club.

We were amazed by some of our findings. We certainly hadn’t been aware that Turkish Baths would have been an 1868 feature of the building, nor did we expect to discover that one of the children brought up there would come to have his portrait in The National Portrait Gallery. Entrepreneurship and sound business acumen enabled some inhabitants to afford the rent or purchase price – including the furniture maker with at least 24 children!

Memories of life at The Lons are priceless. They include the story of a child refusing to wear a pig’s head and photos of the school’s theatrical productions and a squash game interrupted when Kingswood School was on fire.

We would welcome any feedback including any additional information you might have.

Annette Rothwell, November 2020

Please click on the relevant section on the bottom right-hand side of this page for information on that period of The Lons:

The Lons 1890s: photo courtesy Bristol Records Office
The Lons 1890s: photo courtesy Bristol Records Office
The Lons as a School: photo courtesy Bristol Records Office
The Lons as a School: photo courtesy Bristol Records Office