We have a system of house points. These are collected weekly. The ongoing totals are shown on the chart below.

 

 

Week ending 19/05/2017

Banksy-130

Brunel-61

Wesley-95

Park-97

Grace-84

More-73

Our Houses are named after people who either come from or who have settled in Bristol. Here is a little about each one.

Banksy (PURPLE HOUSE) is a street graffiti artist whose identity remains unknown, is believed to have been born in Bristol, England, around 1974. Banksy’s artwork is characterised by striking images, often combined with slogans.

Brunel (BLUE HOUSE) was one of the most versatile engineers of the 19th century, responsible for the design of tunnels, bridges, railway lines and ships. In 1831, Brunel’s designs won the competition for the Clifton Suspension Bridge across the River Avon. Construction began the same year but it was not completed until 1864. The work for which Brunel is probably best remembered is his construction of a network of tunnels, bridges and viaducts for the Great Western Railway. In 1833, he was appointed their chief engineer and work began on the line that linked London to Bristol.

John Wesley (RED HOUSE) built The New Room in Bristol. It is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world (originally built in 1739) and the cradle of the early Methodist movement. It was used by John Wesley and the early Methodists as a meeting and preaching place and the centre for helping and educating the needy members of the community.

Nick Park (GREEN HOUSE) made his first stop-motion film at age 13. After joining Bristol based Aardman Animations Ltd. in 1985, he created the famed Wallace and Gromit films about a short-sighted inventor and his dog. Park has won multiple Academy Awards for his films.

William Gilbert “W. G.” Grace (WHITE HOUSE) was born in Downend in 1848. He was an English amateur cricketer who was important in the development of the sport and is widely considered one of its greatest-ever players. Universally known as “W. G.”, he played first-class cricket for a record-equalling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908, during which he captained England and Gloucestershire.

Hannah More (YELLOW HOUSE) was born in 1745 at Fishponds in the parish of Stapleton, near Bristol. She was the most influential female member of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the African Slave Trade. She was educated at Bristol, an important slave-trading town, and began to publish her writing in the 1760s, while she was still a teenager.