The name Portishead (a town recorded in the Domesday Book and affectionately known as Posset) derives from the ‘port at the head of the river’. The town’s centuries-old history is chronicled in a series of booklets – the Posset Pieces. Shakespeare mentions Posset in several of his plays. Originally a dessert enriched by alcohol, it was used as a medicinal remedy, served in a two-handled cup.
An original 1914 guide book to the Bristol Channel from P&A Campbell and the White Funnel Fleet.
Text about William Shakespeare and the meaning of ‘posset’.
The text reads: English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. ‘Posset’ is mentioned in many of Shakespeare’s plays including; Hamlet, the Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth.
A quote from Macbeth.
External photograph of the building – main entrance.
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