The Ship

Redcliffe Hill c. 1965-8.The Ship, Redcliff Hill, Bristol

Opposite the spire of St Mary Redcliffe and next to the old Shot Tower, The Ship was a well-known jazz venue and Acker Bilk played here. Peggy Hancock left her job as barmaid at the Radnor Hotel temporarily in about 1965 and offered to open the disused rear snug of the Ship as a cocktail bar. Her crowd of regulars from the Radnor followed, and for a while it was very successful.

Road widening removed all surrounding buildings from 1967 and The Ship was finally demolished (with the adjacent Shot Tower) in December 1968.

Peggy Hancock 2011

Peggy Hancock in 2011

  4 Responses to “Ship, Redcliffe Hill”

  1. Many happy nights spent there in the early ’60s with Acker’s band, blue notes etc. Knocking down that pub was an act of vandalism.

  2. I totally agree John it was pre vandalism, I wonder if anyone remembers the BBC documentary film on the Blue Notes playing in the Ship before it was closed, would be great if the BBC could find that and show again to let people see the atmosphere of the pub.

  3. Don’t forget Henry’s Bootblacks on Thursday nights. Highlight of my week in mid sixties..

  4. I used to live, there my father and mother ran the pub that was in 1965. He was the landlord his name was Ian McLaren and his wife Winifred. I remember the Blue Notes and Henry’s Bootblacks. I remember the queues of people up the stairs to the function room where the jazz clubs were held

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