People's History

A home for the ‘Hypochondriac, Mad and Distracted’: remembering the ‘madhouses’ of Fishponds

For more than 100 years, a family firm profited handsomely from running mental health facilities in Fishponds – sometimes using shocking and bizarre practices. A new book uncovers the startling history of ‘Mason’s Madhouse’.

‘A Pandora’s box’? What impact will Fishponds’ big new developments have, and who stands to profit?

From poverty to luxury: hidden history behind the Blackberry Hill housing development


McDonald’s planning inquiry ends

Local residents complain of being ‘treated with contempt’ by fast food giant, as legal proceedings conclude.


McDonald’s to battle Fishponds residents at planning inquiry tomorrow