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Hanham

Hanham is a village on the eastern outskirts of Bristol, England, situated on the A431 between Bristol, Bath and Keynsham. It is in the unitary authority of South Gloucestershire. It became a civil parish on April 1, 2003.

The village is reputed to have one of the oldest public houses in Britain, The Blue Bowl - thought to have started life as a tavern for Roman soldiers. There is no firm evidence for the age of the pub but Roman coins have been discovered nearby and St Lyte wrote in 1480 that it was an old established hostelry.

It is the site of Hanham Lock on the River Avon.

George Whitefield first preached in the open air on Hanham Mount to Kingswood miners in 1739. Because he was soon to go to Georgia he introduced John Wesley to his congregation and to open air preaching, a great novelty in 18th century Britain. A replica pulpit was erected in honour of this, as well as commemorative plaques.

For the 1950s Festival of Britain an 80 ft high beacon was erected in honour of Baptists who suffered persecution during the period 1662 to 1689. In 2007 it was replaced by a newer, taller and brighter beacon, the former one having been considered unsafe.

Oliver Cromwell also stayed in the village, at the Blue Bowl Inn, which was used as his regional headquarters.

Tom Cribb, once world champion bare-knuckle boxer, was born in Hanham.

Resident John Horwood was convicted and hung for the murder of his girlfriend in 1821. His skeleton was kept hanging in a cupboard at Bristol University until its burial in 2011.

Memorial Road has a Memorial Cottage at the entrance of Christchurch and Hanham High School. It was built in memory of a local hero John Chiddy, for his widow and family. John Chiddy was killed by an express train whilst removing a large stone from the metals of the Great Western Railway near Conham, March 31, 1876'. Brave Hero John Chiddy from Hanham 'He leapt to die, and for a hundred lives he gave his one'.

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