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  Science Fair Projects - Society of Merchant Venturers
The society in its current form was established by a 1552 Royal Charter from Edward VI granting the society a monopoly on Bristol's sea trade.
In 1595 the Merchant Venturers' School was founded, which subsequently became the Merchant Venturers' Technical College and was a precursor of the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England and City of Bristol College.
Merchant Venturers serve on the boards of many local charitable and cultural organisations, and are guaranteed seats on the University of Bristol Court and the Downs Committee.
www.all-science-fair-projects.com /science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/Society_of_Merchant_Venturers   (825 words)

 Society of Merchant Venturers
In the 19th century the Society helped to fund the building of Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge and members of the society helped to establish the Great Western Railway.
There were no female full members of the society until 2003 (though Margaret Thatcher had earlier been made an honorary member), and as of 2004, there are no ethnic minority members.
Venue claims that the Merchant Venturers control 12 charities and 40 trust funds, and also a private unlimited company, SMV Investments, that has major investments in defence contracting, tobacco, genetically-modified agriculture and the petroleum industry.
publicliterature.org /en/wikipedia/s/so/society_of_merchant_venturers.html   (664 words)

 Prospectus | History
He entrusted his school into the care of the Society of Merchant Venturers, which continues to play an active and caring role in the school's affairs, nominating half the governing body, including the chairman, from its members.
The school moved from the centre of the city to a former palace of the Bishop of Bristol, at Stapleton, in 1857.
Central to the book, however, is the crucial role of the Society of Merchant Venturers which, as trustee of Colston's endowment, has faithfully managed and supported the school for almost 300 years.
www.colstons.bristol.sch.uk /03-info/p-history.html   (509 words)

 Who are the Merchant Venturers? A critical study of Bristol's elite club.
The Society's origins are unclear, but it seems to have emerged from a 14th century cabal of powerful traders in Bristol - probably the same people that financed John Cabot's voyage across the Atlantic to 'discover' Newfoundland.
The Society's Treasurer, Brigadier Hugh Pye, was a pallbearer at the Queen Mother's funeral.
· Brigadier H Pye: the outgoing treasurer of the Merchant Venturers, Pye is an honorary colonel of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales') regiment and was a pall bearer at the Queen Mother's funeral.
www.public-interest.co.uk /aseye/merchant.htm   (4530 words)

 The Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol
The Merchant venturers owned the village from the 1940's up until it was sold to the Development Corporation when the New City of Milton Keynes was in the planning stage.
The land was held in trust by the Merchant Venturers' until it was bought by the Development Corporation.
From as early as 1595 the Society of Merchant Venturers' maintained a school for the children of mariners.
clutch.open.ac.uk /schools/twomileash99/LordsVenturers.html   (229 words)

 BBC Inside Out - Meeting the Merchants
Merchant Venturers had a hand in most of Bristol's landmark buildings and ventures - such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Theatre Royal and the city's latest landmark development, the at-Bristol complex.
But there are signs that the Society is tiring of the criticism from outside and, rather than bolting the doors even more firmly, is preparing to engage its critics.
By engaging its critics and allowing the society's activities to become more transparent, Denis and the Merchants are hoping to dispel any doubt and suspicion that have surrounded the society in the past.
www.bbc.co.uk /insideout/west/series7/merchant_venturers.shtml   (819 words)

 Arms of the Society of Merchant Venturers.: Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Arms of the Society of Merchant Venturers.: Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage
Due to its location and importance as a center of trade, Bristol attracted many merchants and mariners from various European ports.
In 1477 and 1481, the Society of Merchant Venturers took steps to regulate and protect local trade.
www.heritage.nf.ca /exploration/arms_mv.html   (65 words)

One of the most important duties which the Royal Society performs on behalf of the government, is the administration of an annual grant for the promotion of scientific research and the assistance of scientific publications.
Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge The Society was founded in 1826, largely at the instigation of Lord Brougham.
A very useful study on the Society is Monica C Grobel, 'The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge 1826-1846 and its relation to adult education in the first half of the XIXth Century' (unpublished London University PhD thesis, 1932).
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The origins of the Society are not clearly documented although it appears to have evolved from a Guild of Merchants which existed in the13th century.
In 1965 these historic connections were celebrated with the presentation by the Society to the Mayor of St John's of a gold mayoral chain embodying the arms of the City of St John's with those of the Society, the Company of Newfoundland and of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, who took possession of Newfoundland for the Crown.
In return for the privileges the Society had kept the Avon clear of mud and fallen rocks from the Gorge, and had been responsible for the licensing, training and discipline of pilots in the Severn estuary and the Bristol Channel from Gloucester south to Barnstaple and westwards to Tenby.
www.colstons.bristol.sch.uk /OLDSITE/smv.html   (2498 words)

 Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
Cargoes of fish and merchantable timber which would help towards the cost of the enterprise had been sent home; new areas of a little-known country had been explored; a fur trade with the Indians had been begun.
He was master of the Merchant Venturers in 1622 and in 1624 he was returned to Parliament for a further year when he again supported the Newfoundland planters in the renewed debate on the fishery.
John Latimer, The history of the Society of Merchant Venturers of the city of Bristol (Bristol, 1903).
www.biographi.ca /EN/ShowBio.asp?BioId=34396   (1274 words)

 Merchant Venturers Society of Bristol, 1571
Source: Transcribed and annotated by: J. Latimer, The History of the Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol (Bristol, 1903), pp.
A merchant cannot be a retailer for want of skill and acquaintance of customers, which requires an apprenticeship to bring him to it; neither can he have a fit place to dwell in, for all the houses that stand in place of retail are already in the hands of retailers.
The retailers were never in better state in Bristol; the meer merchants were never so many, and since the last Parliament very much impoverished by the restraint of the intercourse of trade.
www.bris.ac.uk /Depts/History/Maritime/Sources/1571parliament.htm   (608 words)

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Merchants' Hall was the eighteenth-century headquarters of the
The Society of Merchant Venturers - The Society of Merchant Venturers was a group of rich Bristol Merchants who owned and invested in slave voyages and other activities related to the slave trade.
In 1696 the Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers built their almshouses here for sick and elderly sailors, and the building still survives.
www.englandpast.net /education/wealth5.html   (263 words)

 Trinity Theological College, Bristol - - A History of Stoke House   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Bristol was the home of the Society of Merchant Venturers, the exclusive voice of overseas merchants who sought trade all over the world.
Built by one of those merchants, Stoke House is situated on the edge of Clifton and Durdham down, an extensive area of open grass land called The Downs.
The Downs were left in perpetuity by the Merchant Venturers for the enjoyment of all the Citizens of Bristol.
www.trinity-bris.ac.uk /index.php?id=123   (364 words)

 PortCities Bristol
The Society of Merchant Venturers is a Bristol-based organ...
The Society of Merchant Venturers is a Bristol-based organisation, which was formed in 1552 as an elite bod...
The Society of Merchant Venturers is a Bristol-based organisation, which was formed in 1552 as an elite body of merchant...
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On 17th March 1737 William Crispe attended at the Hall of the Merchant Venturers with new proposals.
The merchants then agreed to support a petition to Trinity House and this was submitted to Trinity House on 2nd April.
The Merchant Venturers insisted that Crispe should lay out not less than £900 for the building of the tower.
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 The Society of Merchant Venturers, Bristol
The Society of Merchant Venturers headquarters are at the Merchants` Hall in Clifton Down, adapted from a pair of substantial Victorian houses after the Second World War to replace the original 17th century Hall in Marsh Street, which was destroyed in the blitz.
Although the Society is not technically a livery company, it has many similarities in its structure, original purpose and Royal Charters and is normally ranked alongside those in London known as the Great Twelve.
The gist is that when the merchant is beset by rough seas he vows that he will settle for dry land and a peaceful life.
www.merchantventurers.com /society.htm   (343 words)

 Bristol Past: Rise of the Merchant Venturers
Its merchants braved the hazards of storm, shipwreck and piracy to gain fortunes trading to foreign shores.
From this aristocracy of merchants evolved the Society of Merchant Venturers, who controlled the port of Bristol for centuries.
In 1480 Bristol merchant John Jay funded a voyage to seek 'the Isle of Brasil' to the far west.
www.building-history.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /Bristol/venturers.htm   (790 words)

 Profiles of Governors: John Guy, 1610-1614
John Guy was a merchant venturer in Bristol and throughout his life he served the city in many capacities.
In 1607 the Society of Merchant Venturers, of which Guy was a member, became interested in the colonization of Newfoundland, but decided to seek the king's approval.
Among his other offices, he was part of the Society of Merchant Venturers' Court of Assistants in 1620 and 1621, and again from 1624 to 1628, and represented Bristol in Parliament from 1620 to 1622, and again in 1624.
www.heritage.nf.ca /govhouse/governors/p01.html   (589 words)

 Society of Merchant Venturers
The Society of Merchant Venturers is today particularly involved in educational work and charities...
The Merchants` Hall, which houses the magnificent suite of rooms used by the Society of Merchant Venturers for their...
This in the form of a letter to the editor referred to the ‘History of The Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol’ by John Latimer 1903.
www.logicjungle.com /wiki/Society_of_Merchant_Venturers   (347 words)

 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Edward Colston (2 November 1636 – 11 October 1721) was a Bristol-born English merchant and philanthropist.
His parents had resettled in Bristol and in 1682 he made a loan to the Corporation, the following year becoming a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers and a burgess of the City.
Michaels Hill, endowed Queen Elizabeth's Hospital school and helped found Colston's School, which opened in 1710 leaving an endowment to be managed by the Society of Merchant Venturers for its upkeep.
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 Welcome to the Barbel Society Website. The national organisation for all barbel anglers.
The letter also said that the current fishing lease (MKAA) was coming to a close and the Society of Merchant Venturers was looking to offer the water by informal tender and would be looking in particular at clubs with restricted membership lists.
It is Society policy not to tender for fishing rights where this may be in conflict with fishing clubs in the locality.
However the Society is mindful that interest in the estate waters may result in a closed syndicate being successful so reducing any opportunities previously available to a wider group.
www.thebarbelsociety.co.uk /news.asp?id=501&mode=displayold   (651 words)

 Society of Merchant Venturers' Almshouse Charity - The
Society of Merchant Venturers' Almshouse Charity - The
The Society of Merchant Venturers has had an important influence on the history of Bristol for more than 450 years, for much of that time performing a vital role in regulating the seaborne trade with the City for the benefit of Bristol.
Today the Merchant Venturers continue to work closely with the wider community and government of Bristol and many of its members play a prominent part in the commercial life and the institutions within the City.
www.housingnet.co.uk /housingnet-html/Society_Of_Merchant_Venturers_Almshouse_Charity_The.html   (185 words)

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At the age of ninety-two, he was thrown in gaol for contempt of court because he dug a road and refused to reinstate it on the grounds that, in his opinion, it wasn't a public carriageway.
You will be pleased to learn that although this venture brought him close to his second bankruptcy, William Matthias was released to enjoy a short spell as a privileged heckler in the local Magistrates' Court.
For this, at the instigation of Bristol Corporation a body closely entangled with the Merchant Venturers, he was prosecuted.
www.ridgewayfriends.org.uk /page91.html   (484 words)

 A brief history of Bristol UWE
The Merchant Venturers maintained their institution from the 16th to the mid-20th century.
In turn the Merchant Venturers College provided the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bristol, gave the City of Bath its technological university, and provided the nucleus of Bristol Polytechnic.
The College continued to expand and remained under the control of the Society of Merchant Venturers until in 1949 it was transferred to the Bristol City Education Authority.
www.uwe.ac.uk /aboutUWE/history.shtml   (594 words)

 Merchant Venturers’ Almshouse, Bristol - West Country - UK Attraction
The powerful Society of Merchant Venturers controlled the seaborne trade of Bristol for centuries.
After King Street was developed on the other side of the wall, the Merchant Venturers seized the chance to demolish part of the wall to enlarge the almshouse.
Bed & Breakfast accommodation near to Merchant Venturers’ Almshouse
www.ukattraction.com /west-country/merchant-venturers-almshouse.htm   (173 words)

 BBC - Legacies - Immigration and Emigration - England - Bristol - Legacies of the Slave Trade - Article Page 4
The Society of the Merchant Venturers dominated Bristol trade and politics.
In Bristol the principal financial gains from slave voyages and slave labour were made by the merchant classes.
Their power in the city in the past cannot be underestimated, and during the years of the slave trade 16 owners of ships which were slaver traders served as Masters of the Society, 16 served as Sheriff of Bristol, 10 as Aldermen and 11 as Mayor.
www.bbc.co.uk /legacies/immig_emig/england/bristol/article_4.shtml   (466 words)

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The Merchants Venturers of Bristol: A History of the Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol from its Origin to the Present Day.
McGrath, Patrick, ed., Records Relating to the Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol in the Seventeenth Century.
Minchinton, W. Politics and the Port of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century: The Petitions of the Society of Merchant Venturers 1698-1803.
etext.lib.virginia.edu /users/berkeley/public/Cbibl.html   (1075 words)

 Quintin Publications | British Historical Society Publications   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Records relating to the Society of Merchant Venturers of the city of Bristol in the seventeenth century.
: Politics and the port of Bristol in the eighteenth century; the petitions of the Society of Merchant Venturers, 1698-1803.
The Navy Records Society was Established for the purpose of printing rare or unpublished works of naval interest.
www.quintinpublications.com /england_societies.html   (1890 words)

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