May 2023: Local History CHAP

Capturing the Coronation

WE don’t know what life was like in Downend and Emersons Green when King Charles I was crowned in 1626, or King Charles II in 1662. 

But we can capture some memories of King Charles III’s coronation, on Saturday May 6.

Local history group CHAP, the Community History and Arts Project, is asking readers to share their experiences of the occasion.

They will be published on the ‘Living History’ section of our website,

As history is not just about the past – everything that happens today will be history tomorrow – this is a great opportunity to gather memories of a significant event for current and future generations to look back on.  

Please send photos of celebrations you’re involved with, souvenirs you buy, and other coronation activities. 

Or, if you are choosing to ignore the whole thing, this is your chance to explain why. What does the monarchy mean to local people in the 21st century?  How close do you feel to the royals?  And what do you hope King Charles will achieve during his reign?

Contact CHAP to tell your version of events – email chair Janet Biggin at or write to CHAP, 49 Overnhill Road, Downend, Bristol, BS16 5DS.

CHAP is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation that aims to produce a community history resource and encourage the local community to take part in all its activities.

The group aims to create a coherent identity for Downend and Emersons Green, built around interesting or significant places, people and events from the past, building a sense of belonging and commitment to our area and understanding of its character, residents, businesses and visitors. 

Helen Rana