Discover The History of Clayton Hotel Bristol
In the 1900’s with literacy levels increasing and demand for books and advertising on the rise , Bristol started to establish a strong printing reputation.
Edward Everard was one of the key players in the city , and founding member of the Bristol Master Printers’ and Allied Trades’ Association. He wanted a location for his print works, he wanted a building that reflected the city he knew. This was the start of our hotels story.
The Everard’s Printing Works is a grade II listed built by Henry Williams in 1900. , the front façade was designed by Doulton’s & Co chief designer WJ.Neatby.
The female figure at the top represents Light and Truth, the arch design reflects the Church of St John the Baptist, which is located just down from the hotel. William Morris and Johannes Guttenberg are also celebrated in the design for their contributions to printing and literature. Below is Everard’s name in the Art Nouveau typeface he designed, above wrought iron gates which incorporate Edward Everards initials Although the building was demolished in 1970 s the façade was saved and incorporated into future designs. The façade and the gates are being lovingly restored and will be the entrance to the Clayton Hotel Bristol City