We visit a slave owner's house to explore what life in Bristol in the 18th century looked like

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Located on 7 Great George Road, The Georgian House Museum explores what a Bristol sugar plantation and slave owner's home might have looked like around 1790.

The house was built in 1790 for John Penney, a West India sugar merchant and slave plantation owner, and designed by Bristol architect, William Paty.

The grade II listed building was also home to the freed slave Frances Coker who was a maid and Pinney's slave, Pero, after whom Pero's Bridge at Bristol Harbour is named.

Scenes for the "At Home with Georgians" series by Amanda Vickery were filmed at the Georgian House in July 2010. It was also used as a filming location for BBC's "A Respectable Trade" series, which was adapted from the book by Philippa Gregory, about the slave trade.

The Georgian House is run by the Bristol City Council and has been presented as a museum since 1937.

The house is spread across six floors, with 11 rooms across four floors accessible to the public. Visitors can explore the basement, which is comprised of the kitchen, housekeeper's room, pantry and John Pinney's cold water plunge pool; John Pinney's office, two dining rooms, a library and two drawing rooms on the ground and first floors; and a bedroom and small exhibition room on the second floor.

The museum is free and is open Saturday to Tuesday from 11am to 4pm.

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