Quakers. The history of the Bristol Quakers is one of peculiar interest. During the earlier days of their existence they suffered great persecutions, and the severity of the measures enforced against them is illustrated by the fact that in the year 1683 they were fined £16,440 for not attending the Establishment church. The fact that their place of meeting has been founded on the ruins of an old Dominican monastery is an intelligent explanation of the otherwise ambiguous designation of “Quakers’ friars,” bestowed upon the locality between Broadmead and Rosemary street.
Source: Arrowsmith’s Dictionary of Bristol. Edited by Henry J. Spear and J. W. Arrowsmith. Bristol 1884.