9 results for tag: bristol


The Horton Manufacturing Company

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H. C. Thompson Company

Albert and Edward Rockwell founded the New Departure Bell Company in 1888. It was located in one room of the H.C. Thompson Clock Company on Federal Street. The Bell Shop later moved to North Main Street. The New Departure Company grew extensively and diversified to produce automobiles, bicycle coaster brakes and a variety of bearings.

Dunbar’s Factory

The Dunbar Brothers Company was located on South Street. Originally owned by Edward L. Dunbar, it was later passed down to his three sons Edward B., William and Winthrop Dunbar. Founded circa 1845 Dunbar’s produced clock springs and later a variety of other springs. The Dunbar Company later merged into the Wallace Barnes Company.

Traditions, Trials & Turmoil within Bristol Churches

Journey back, to the past on Thursday, August 21, when Tom Dickau, President of the Bristol Historical Society, presents a multi-media presentation titled Traditions, Trials and Turmoils within the Bristol Churches.  Although churches are generally considered a stabilizing force within society this presentation will demonstrate the difficulties and transitions that almost all the churches of Bristol experienced as they grew and evolved within the community. This is part of the Third Thursday Programs sponsored by the Bristol Historical Society. The program is free to members with a fee of $5 for non-members.  Doors to the air-conditioned BHS will ...

Wallace Barnes Company

The Wallace Barnes Company founded circa 1857 was located on Main Street. Its early production included crinoline hoops, clock springs and a variety of other springs. The company later became known as The Associated Spring Corporation.

New Departure Bell Company

Edward Rockwell founded the Bristol Bell Company in 1898 as a competitor to the New Departure Bell Company. The name was changed to the Liberty Bell Company a year later. It was absorbed by the New Departure Company in 1905. This company was located on the south side of the Pequabuck River near the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Downs Street.

J.H. Sessions Foundry

The Sessions Foundry originally located on Laurel Street was founded in 1879 by John Humphrey Sessions and his son William. It moved to Farmington Avenue in 1894. This company did general forging and casting work and was located on today’s site of Bristol Commons.

E. Ingraham Clock Company

The E. Ingraham Clock Company located on the east side of North Main Street was founded in 1859 by Elias Ingraham and his son, Edward. This building was constructed in 1884. Ingraham was a world-class producer of a variety of clocks and watches. It was later sold to McGraw-Edison and relocated to Redstone Hill Road during city redevelopment. It was known as the Bussman Division.

Bristol Baptist Church

The Baptist religion is the second longest continuous religion in Bristol. Organized in 1791 in the outskirts of Bristol, its early history includes stories of witchcraft and demonic possession. The image pictured is the Bristol Baptist Church built in 1890 at the corner of School and Church Streets. Its spire was struck by lightning and had to be removed. This church was replaced by a new edifice circa 1969.