Dowry Square, Hot Wells, Bristol

William Pennington’s Esq., Dowry Square, Hot Wells, Bristol   1814-16


Between November 1814 and November 1816, Hays lived in the spacious townhome of William and Penelope Pennington in Dowry Square, Bristol, along the Avon River about a mile from the city centre. Dowry Square remains intact, including the gardens. The Pennington's lived on the east corner of the square (see picture below); on the opposite corner stood Thomas Beddoe’s Pneumatic Institute (at the end of the row of buildings in the picture to the left). During her time in Bristol Hays attended services at the Unitarian meeting in Lewin’s Mead near Broadmead, a congregation, like its counterpart, the Particular Baptist congregation in Broadmead,  that was rich in Dissenting tradition. Her time in Bristol will close Hays's brief period away from London and her ever-expanding family.