City & County of Bristol

Welcome to the City and County of Bristol Branch of The Royal Society of St George.

Bristol was founded in the late Saxon period, the first settlers came here because of the relatively easy access by water.

By the medieval period the city was the second most important and prosperous commercial centre in the land (only London was more significant in the nation's commerce and trading activities). 

The city was awarded city and county status by royal Charter in 1373.

The earliest seal of the city of Bristol was granted to the city by King Edward I in the 12th century. The main parts of the city's arms were granted to the city by King Edward III. 


The symbolic significance of the unicorn supporters to the city's current arms is that, in mythology, unicorns only do homage to good men. The images in the crest of the arms signify that good government depends on wisdom (the serpent) and justice (the scales) and that these are divine gifts from above (which is why the crossed arms holding the serpent and the scales arise from out of a cloud).

Branch Address

4 Parkway
Cadbury Heath
BS30 8ES

Branch Officers

Ms. Peaches Golding, OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant  of the County and City of Bristol

Vice Presidents
Councillor Christopher Davies, BEM, former Lord Mayor of the City and County of Bristol
Alderman Royston Griffey, JP, former Lord Mayor of the City and County of Bristol
Mrs Mary Prior, CVO,  MBE, JP, former H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol
Sir James Tidmarsh, KCVO, MBE, JP, LLD, former H.M. Lord-Lieutenant

Mr D Stinchcombe MBE, MA
Tel: 0117 9616352

Hon Secretary
Jonathan Price
Tel: 0117 9723312

Hon Treasurer
Kimball Talbot
Tel:01275 393103

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26th February 2018 - Luncheon Party - University and Literary Club, 20 Berkeley Square, Bristol

22nd April 2018St George's Day celebration service at Christ Church, Broad Street, followed by lunch at the Grand Hotel

                               - Commonwealth Celebration Evensong

20th May 2018 - Rush Sunday service, 11am at St Mary Redcliffe

This event is one of the highlights of Bristol's civic calendar, upholding a tradition which goes back over 500 years.The Lord Mayor and Aldermen, with other civic signatories and officers, process in full ceremonial dress. Lovely flower posies, called “nosegays” are carried and rushes and herbs are strewn on the church floor.

All are welcome to this free event. If you would like to reserve a seat in advance please contact St Mary Redcliffe Office 0117 2310060

William Canynges of Redcliffe Street, merchant, five-times Mayor of Bristol, its MP and a principal benefactor of St Mary Redcliffe, was ordained priest after the death of his wife in 1467. He first celebrated Mass in this church on Whitsunday the following year.

To commemorate this, William Spenser, also sometime Mayor of Bristol, made provision in 1493 for three sermons to be preached before the Mayor and commonalty on the days after Whitsun. A change to one sermon on Whitsunday was made at the time of the Reformation.

6th June 2018 - Annual General Meeting

30th June 2018 - Armed Forces Day