Bryan Little Papers

Scope and Content

The majority of the papers consist of articles and longer works by Bryan Little on the history of the West Country, as well as journals, notes, and manuscripts edited by Bryan Little.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bryan Little was an extra-mural lecturer and member of staff at the University of Bristol, and a prolific author on the subject of history, particularly the history of south-west England. His considerable library and notes were bequeathed to the University of Bristol on his death.

Conditions Governing Access

The diaries of Bryan Little are closed until December 2042. The articles and local history papers of Bryan Little are accessible to all bona fide readers.

Acquisition Information

Given to the University of Bristol library by the estate of Bryan Little.


Compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available in Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to copy materials must be obtained from Special Collections.

Additional Information

DM 767 -"Old Bristol Parish. The Colston Memorials in the Church of All Saints", pamphlet by Bryan Little. DM 850 - Manuscripts and typescripts of"Bristol: An Architectural History" (draft, chs. 1-4), "Crusoe's Captain: Being the Life of Woodes Rogers, Seaman, trader, colonial governor" (Typescript draft), "English Cathedrals in Colour", (Draft), "The life and work of James Gibbs, 1682-1754" (typescript draft), and "Portrait of Somerset" (draft), all by Bryan Little. DM 858 - Typescript copy of "Bristol: An Architectural History", by Andor Gomme, Bryan Little, and Michael Jenner. Annotated and amended. DM 868 - Manuscript and typescript drafts of "Cheltenham" and "English Historic Architecture" by Bryan Little. DM 987 - Typescript draft of "Portrait of Somerset" by Bryan Little. DM 1048 - "The Old Rectory, Mells: Historical and Architectural Survey", leaflet by Bryan Little. DM 1079 - "Baltic Wharf, Bristol". Xeroxed article by Bryan Little. DM 1195 -"Bath Portrait"(draft),"Welsh Back: An Account of its history"(draft),"Stoke Bishop and Stoke House: An Account"(draft),"Sally Lunn's House, North Parade Passage, Bath"(draft), and"Thornbury Castle"(draft), by Bryan Little. DM 1352 - mention in Hamish Hamilton editorial archives. DM 1403 - Personal diaries of Bryan Little, 1927, 1930-1956. Closed until 1st December, 2042. DM 1437 -"Thornbury Castle"(typescript),"The Story of the Victoria Rooms, 1836-1900 (typescript),"The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Hutton, Somerset: A Short History and Guide"(pamphlet), and"Capper Pass, Bristol. Pittards of Yeovil"(manuscript, notes, correspondence), by Bryan Little. DM 1469 - Obituary, requiem mass, announcements, and tribute to Bryan Little. DM 1531 -"Mount Edgcumbe, Devon"(article),"Story of the Theatre Royal, King Street, Bristol, opened 1766"(leaflet),"Bath and Westminster"(article),"Old Bristol Parish: The Colston Memorials in the Church of All Saints"(pamphlet),"Cambridge and the Campus: An English Antecedent for the lawn of the University of Virginia"(article),"The Cathedrals of England"(MS revisions),"The English Abbey"(MS revision and expansion),"Redland High School: Buildings and Architects"(article),"Norborne Berkeley: Gloucestershire Magnate"(article),"A Swede Among the Grantleys"(article),"Hardy the Architect"(article),"Death of a Coalfield"(article),"Lugger's Cave"(article),"Bruton and the Berkeleys"(article),"Deb and the Edgar"(article),"Colston Hall"(article),"The Hills That Will Not Die"(article),""St. Nicholas Church and City Museum"(pamphlet), and"Capper Pass: The first hundred and fifty years"(manuscript). Most articles are from West Country Magazine. All by Bryan Little. DM 1586 - Papers of Bryan Little. Working notes, superseded by his printed works on matters of local history. Also, library of Bryan Little - held in main library series. DM 1626 -"A Clifton Terrace Authenticated"by Andor Gomme and Bryan Little, article from Avon Past, vol. 11, 1985. DM 1785 - Photograph of Bryan Little,"Cathedral Church of Ss. Peter and Paul, Clifton, Bristol"(containing"The Past Story"by Bryan Little),"Thoughts on Tintern"(article),"A Hill-Top Town of Distinction: Highworth, Wiltshire"(article),"Thornbury Castle"(article),"Nine Hundred Years On"(article),"Between Two Counties"(article),"Heritage of a Heyday: Cardiff, Penarth, and Barry Docks"(article),"Brunel's Other Railway: Bryan Little recalls a long-lost company launched 50 years ago this summer"(article),"Ignatius Grant: Address to the old congregation of St. Joseph and St. Mary on June 27, 1890, the centenary of the opening of St. Joseph's, Trenchard Street, before the Right Reverend Dr. Clifford, Bishop of Clifton, and our friends both clergy and laity, by Father Grant"(article by Ignatius Grant), lithograph of a Bristol house, Transcript of Humphry Repton's Red Book for Blaise Castle, and"A Popular Retreat: Blaise Castle House and Estate"(article by David J. Eveleigh).