Long John Silver Trust - Treasure Island Trail


We have set up the Long John Silver Trust to bring to Bristol Harbourside a first-class sculpture of Long John Silver and a further series of artworks – The Treasure Island Trail, to bring alive Stevenson’s classic novel.

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The Robert Louis Stevenson Club will be attending in some force and tickets are selling fast with people coming from all over the country.

Yo - ho - ho and a bottle of LJS!

"On a cold winters day, various well known local characters assembled in front of the Kaskelot to help celebrate the handing over of a massive £1.566.22p cheque from Wickwar Brewery to the Long John Silver Trust.
The cheque represented proceeds from Wickwar's Long John Silver Beer sales and will be used to help the Trust's aims of being inclusive and educational whilst helping to promote Bristol's Literary and Maritime past. Many, many thanks to Ray and his team.
The Trust was also delighted to hear that LJS Beer had been selected as one of the offerings from Wickwar's wonderful stable of beers for national prominence in the coming years. Yo - ho - ho and a bottle of LJS!"

Those brandishing LJS Bottled Beer are (from left to right); LJS Trustee 'Billy Bones' Fairney, Pirate Pete, Wickwar's Ray Penny, Cap'n Barnacle and LJS Patron and Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Royston Griffey.


Treasure Island at the
Bristol Hippodrome

To help celebrate Treasure Island's 125th Anniversary, on Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th July 2008 the Birmingham Stage Company presented a thrilling new production which reintroduced Stevenson’s classic story to the theatre.

When young Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map in The Admiral Benbow Inn, he hands it over to Squire Trelawney. Seized with excitement, Trelawney sets sail with Jim in search of the island. They are joined on the ship by the hand-picked crew and the ship’s cook, Long John Silver. But the one-legged Silver has a shocking secret in store and when they reach their destination, Jim faces the most dangerous and exciting adventure of his life!

This  remarkable show followed the BSC’s acclaimed productions of The Jungle Book, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Danny The Champion Of The World.

Prior to the show, old Long John Silver himself presided over the portico of the Hippodrome, looking out for renegades, and relieving innocent passers-by of their purses!

Long John Silver Invades Waterstones in Bristol !

March 6th 2008 was World Book Day and to prove the point the anti-hero of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island returned to Bristol to persuade the City’s children to increase their reading abilities.

Long John Silver, the loveable villain of the book, was the fictional landlord of the ‘Spyglass Inn’, where land-lubbers mixed with sea-farers and all attempted to avoid the attentions of the ‘Press Gang’. The Inn, reputedly based on Bristol’s ‘Hole in the Wall’ pub, was equipped with a spyglass window where revellers could keep a lookout, and escape through one of two doors into the maze of harbourside streets. The ‘Hole in the Wall’s name derives from the fact that it still possesses such a window.

Long John SilverThe Long John Silver Statue Trust has been set up to promote Bristol’s literary and cultural heritage by creating a ‘Treasure Island Trail’ of sculptures or plaques to commemorate various scenes from the book. The trail would culminate in a sculpture of Long John himself, preferably stationed outside the ‘Hole in the Wall’.

To publicise the project the Trust commissioned a painting by Frank Shipsides, Bristol’s own maritime painter, showing how Long John would look on his plinth, and are selling prints to raise funds. As an interim measure a one-and-a-half times life-size wicker sculpture was commissioned from Devon sculptor Stephen Froome, and Long John’s inaugural appearance was at Waterstones Bookshop in Broadmead’s Galleries. He was unveiled by Bristol’s Lord Mayor Councillor Royston Griffey and to accompany him, members of the Trust played out a shortened version of Treasure Island to parties of schoolchildren.

Long John has further excursions planned and will be publicizing the Bath Theatre Royal’s production of ‘Pirates of Penzance ’. He also hopes to front Bristol Hippodrome’ s summer production of Treasure Island in July and to make other appearances throughout the year.

Watch out – there’s a pirate about!


Sportsman’s Supper in aid of PROPS

We are delighted to report that the Sportsman’s Supper we co sponsored with Hawkesbury Upton cricket Club raised £6,500 for PROPS. It was a great night. Huge thanks to our celebrity sportsmen and our generous guests.

Mark & Jordan
This photo is from one of this years joint fund raising events with PROPS selling LJS Beer.
 My colleague is Jordan, one of the PROPS charges from Briarswood School in Fishponds


Out and About on the Trail

If you would like to experience an audio version of our Bristol Treasure Island Trail please go to DestinationBristol’s website at www.visitbristol.co.uk and download their excellent “Bristol Quayside Adventure” podcast for your MP3 Player. This innovative production is a combination of Bristol’s maritime history and Treasure Island, based in no small part on our Trail.

The Long John Silver Trust is also proud to announce a closer involvement with Bristol’s very own Buccaneer:- Pirate Pete, who is now an Honorary Member of our happy band of cut throats. To find out more about him please go to www.piratewalks.co.uk

Blackbeard's Curse - Aaaarhmen


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Pirate Ferry Boat

The inaugural Treasure Island Cruise took place in July of 2006, where a party of pupils from Briars Wood school, under the auspices of locally based charity PROPS took to the high seas of Bristol’s historic Floating Harbour…View Article


Yo-Ho-Ho and a bottle of fun!!

Long John Silver Bottled Beer is selling like the clappers, and for Christmas, special gift packs are available.

bottle label
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Two of our stockists in Bristol are well worth a visit , Avery’s Wine Merchants and Gardiner Haskins.
Further afield, Wickwar Brewery’s own shop, and The Beaufort Arms in Hawkesbury Upton, can all solve your present buying problems.


Long John Silver Beer in BOTTLES!

We are delighted that our friends at Wickwar Brewery have now produced Long John Silver Beer in bottles. The bottled beer was launched in July 2006 at Wickwar’s brewery tap, and over thirty Long John Silver Trustees and supporters gathered to celebrate and (judging by the big pile of empties) promptly demolished the entire first batch.

Jonfun and Sarah examine a soon to be demolished stack of bottled LJS
Photo by Noel Jones


Frank Shipsides' "Tribute" Print

To start the fundraising activities of The Long John Silver Trust, Frank was commissioned to paint his impression of what literatures most famous scallywag would look like outside Stevenson's Spy-Glass Inn. He very kindly agreed to donate his royalties to the Trust in order for our campaign to get off the ground.

The Long John Silver Trust's first patron (and esteemed Bristol artist) Frank Shipsides handing over print number one to Mike Fussell outside the Hole-in-the-Wall in 2004 with a rueful Long John looking on...

It was the Trust's intention to have 150 copies of the print signed by Frank but unfortunately, after only being able to sign 70 of them, Old Father Time caught up with him at the tender age of 97 in 2005.

The prints have sold well and there are only a small number left, and if you would like a Limited Edition copy please click on the Merchandise Treasure Chest.


Interactive Treasure Island Trail Online

There now is an interactive map of the proposed trail online here. Featuring

Background information and images of the proposed locations.
A brief outline of the events in treasure island.
A Profile of each proposed statues charecter.


Bristol Treasure Island Trail Book
Release of second Edition!

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This highly popular book has now been released in a larger, longer edition, with more pages and illustrations. This wonderful little book - packed with rarely seen illustrations - celebrates Bristol's connections with piracy and the high seas and includes stories about some of the city's most enterprising but rascally sons. It is also investigates Bristol's literary links with one of the most exciting pirate stories ever written, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. It also contains details of the achievements of the Long John Silver Trust, sponsors of the book, which is now published by their own ‘Black Spot Publisher’, an Imprint of Diesel Publishing.

The Mervyn Peake Estate - an enthusiastic supporter of the Trail - has kindly allowed us to use Mervyn Peake's superb illustrations taken from the 1949 edition of the book.

A great present for landlubbers: price £5.95 (ISBN: 978 0 9554455 3 8)

Rarely available framed prints of Mervyn Peake's Treasure Island illustrations as featured in the book are available to purchase from our merchandise page

"In spring of this year, the LJS Trust received a huge boost with the release of this book. Not only had the Treasure Island Trail been selected as one of the 24 walks featured, you can imagine our further delight when we realised that it had been chosen as walk number one!
The author, Lesley Turney has produced a smashing book that will entertain any family that has an interest in walking - and even those that don't. From Slimbridge in the north, to Brean Down in the south, you'll encompass every type of view and vista this area has to offer. Her writing style is easy going yet informative, and the book has the potential for hours of fun for the whole family (or just you and the dog).
Redcliffe Press have very kindly allowed us the opportunity of selling the book directly from the LJS Trust, and each purchase will benefit our funds - taking the Treasure Island Trail a step closer to becoming a full blown sculpture trail."
To find out more about Redcliffe Press go to www.redcliffepress.co.uk or www.childrensbristol.co.uk  The book is available from our usual address at just £6.95 plus £1.00 post and packing.