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More about the Bristol Jack

Jack's history

More about the Bristol Jack

(All information about the route is intended as a rough guide only.)

Jack leaves the Harbourside near the M Shed (Princes Wharf) at 10.30 am on the morning of the first Saturday in May. His awakening at the start of his journey is brought about by the music and dancing of his attendants, and he sets off along the water's edge towards the Centre.

 

 

 Jack passes one of Bristol's oldest pubs, the Llandoger Trow

Jack passes one of Bristol's oldest pubs, the Llandoger Trow

 

 

 

 

 

From the Centre, Jack travels to Broadmead, on his way passing along King Street and Welsh Back, and into St Nicholas Markets.

 

 

 Making his entrance to the markets

Making his entrance to the markets

 

 

 

 

 

Squeezing past the market stalls, Jack dances along Wine Street and Union Street, and into Broadmead.

 

 

 Jack weaves between the market stalls on Wine Street

Jack weaves between the market stalls on Wine Street

 

 

 

 

 

Shoppers in Broadmead are greeted by the unusual sight of a lively Jack in the Green amongst the chain stores.

 

 

 Distracting shoppers in Broadmead

Distracting shoppers in Broadmead

 

 

 

 

 

From Broadmead, Jack travels along the Horsefair and across the Haymarket by the Bay Horse, then up Maudlin Street and to the very top of St Michael's Hill.

 

 

Jack dances up the hill accompanied by his musicians

Jack dances up the hill accompanied by his musicians

 

 

 

 

 

From the top of St Michael's Hill, Jack travels through Kingsdown, Cotham and Redland. He crosses into Clarence Place and dances along the narrow paths between the houses, eventually arriving on Kingsdown Parade.

 

 

Through Kingsdown's Georgian splendour

Through the Kingsdown's Georgian splendour

 

 

 

 

 

Next he passes along Cotham Side, Clare Road and Fremantle Road, before processing along Redland Grove and Carnarvon Road.

 

 

Amid the green leaviness of Redland Grove

Amid the green leafiness of Redland Grove

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, Jack makes his way up Gloucester Road from the junction with Zetland Road. He dances along the Promenade, and then among the Saturday afternoon shoppers, all the way to Ash Road, where he turns and heads for Horfield Common.

 

 

Jack reaches Ash Road on his approach to the Common

Jack reaches Ash Road on his approach to the Common

 

 

 

 

 

At Horfield Common, the attendants mark the end of Jack's journey with a final dance. But now Jack must die, to mark the start of Summer.

 

 

Jack dies at Horfield 

Jack dies at Horfield

 

 

 

 

 

Jack's foliage is stripped and taken away by onlookers, to celebrate the arrival of Summer.

 

 

Stripping the leaves and spreading Summer happiness

Stripping the leaves and spreading Summer happiness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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