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Keeping Wedlock's - all you need to know

A developer has submitted a planning application to demolish the Wedlock’s pub and build a block of flats on the site.

Bristol City Supporters Trust strongly opposes the planning application which can be viewed in full by clicking here.

Wedlock’s has great significance for Bristol City supporters. The pub’s proximity to Ashton Gate has meant that for decades now it has been a natural watering hole for City fans. The pub also has an important historical connection to the Club, having for many years been run by perhaps City’s greatest-ever player—certainly our most capped England player—Billy ‘Fatty’ Wedlock, after whom the pub is now named.

Bristol City Supporters Trust believes that it is in the community’s best interest to allow the pub every possible chance of reopening and becoming a well-run, successful local establishment.

The Wedlock's - currently unused

After numerous discussions with members and groups in the local community, we are now forming a vision of how we would like to see Wedlock’s take shape in the future. In our estimation, the venue could:

• Be a tastefully restored and well-run community pub/café/restaurant with strong links to footballing and other traditions of the local area
• Face in two directions, offering new services to park users—principally as a café/rest area
• Attract families to the park as an appealing café, also thereby providing passive surveillance, reducing anti-social behaviour in the park
• Secure the long-term future of the toilet block by putting it under pub management, thereby reducing vandalism and other inappropriate behaviour
• House a Bristol City Museum and provide an HQ for supporters groups
• Provide a much-needed space for members of the community in which to work and play

It would be very helpful if as many people as possible expressed their objections by writing to: S&E Area Planning Team, Brunel House, St. George’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5HY.

In addition, the Trust has launched a ‘Keep Wedlock’s’ petition, which those opposed to the pub’s redevelopment can sign at the Southville Centre, or at Ashton Gate on match days. Alternatively you can download the one below. Also, those unable to sign the petition in person can sign the petition by clicking here (petition now closed).

For further details about this campaign, please call us on 0117 370 6146 or write to James Nicholls either by email,, or c/o the Ashton Gate Stadium address.

Useful links:

View our Wedlock’s vision statement.

Download and distribute the leaflet

Archive of related articles:

Protect our heritage (Published 6/3/07)

Wedlock's petition: Volunteers needed (Published 8/3/07)

Community Rallies to Save Wedlock’s (Published 13/3/07)

Wedlock’s for Flats? Just Say 'No' (Published 26/3/07)

Wedlock’s: Never more vulnerable than when you’ve just scored (Published 30/4/07)

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