Edward Colston: Bristol’s Colston Arms pub to be renamed

Coulston arms pub looking for a new name. Pic: Twitter

17th century slave trader and philanthropist Edward Coulston is the namesake of a Bristol Pub, or at least he was

The pub is about to undergo a name change due to the BLM (Black Lives Matter), protests.

A few weeks ago in the center of Bristol a statue to Edward Coulston was pulled down by vandals preporting to be a part of the BLM protest which was going on at the time.

The landlord hung a banner over the front of the pub which read: “The Clearly Temporarily Named Ye olde Pubby Mcdrunkface. Suggestions welcome (Obviously).”

Pub landlord Paul Frost said: “It’s not me that’s keen to make the name change, I just want to make sure the debate happens,” he said.

“The point I’m making is that it’s not my voice that needs to be heard. I’m a white middle aged man, it’s the people, the community around Bristol.

“It is a serious issue, however the banner suggests a little levity about the matter. It’s just get engaged, learn about the whole era and make suggestions on Facebook really.”

Admiral Taverns, owners of the pub, said it was supporting Mr Frost.

Bristol’s Colston Hall also had removed his name from the building last month ahead of a  planned name change later this year.

The Diocese of Bristol has formally applied to remove a plaque and part of a stained glass window in Bristol Cathedral that commemorates Colston’s life.

Parts of the window, which was installed in 1890, were. Covered up last month.

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