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7 Great George St
Bristol
BS1 5RR

Tel: 0117 921 1362
 
Georgian House Museum
 
Follow us _on TwitterThe house was built in 1790 for John Pinney, slave plantation owner and sugar merchant. It was also where the enslaved man of African descent, Pero Jones lived.
 
The Dining Room – the table is set for an extravagant dinner party reflecting the wealthy Georgian’s love of entertaining. Look out for the servants’ bells, which were used to summon staff from the basement.
 
Pinney’s Study – furnished simply but to impress, this is where Pinney could discuss business or talk with his friends after dinner. The bookcases contain a collection of his books that reveal his interest in the study of plants and geography.
 
The Drawing Room – where the Pinneys entertained lots of important guests, including Frances, Lady Nelson, wife of Admiral Lord Nelson. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge may also have been entertained here!
Library and a Ladies’ Withdrawing Room – this was a place for ladies to talk and sew whilst the men discussed politics and business affairs over a drink in the library.
 
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The Bedroom – from the window, John Pinney could have seen ships on the river bringing his plantation goods into Bristol.

A small display explores John Pinney’s involvement in the sugar trade and the life of his enslaved valet, Pero Jones.

Venture into the basement and get a taste of the hustle and bustle of life below stairs.

Discover the kitchen, laundry and housekeeper’s rooms from where the affairs of the house were run.
 
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Look out for:
  • A hidden staircase – this enabled the servants to get to most of the upstairs rooms without being seen.
  • A small lift – known as a ‘dumb waiter’, this was used to move things up and down the house.
  • A range of bells – used by the family to summon the servants.
  • The Housekeeper’s Room – here the housekeeper would write up her accounts, make orders for food and perhaps sit and drink tea made from her mistress’ used tea leaves: one of the benefits which went with her job!
  • The cold water plunge pool – used by the master of the house.
Opening times for Spring - Winter 2019

1 April 2019 — 31 December 2019

Monday 11am–4pm
Tuesday 11am–4pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 11am–4pm
Sunday 11am–4pm
 
Georgian House Museum