Hymnbooks tend to come in versions which contain music and words, or words only. Up until the late nineteenth century, it was common practice to have words and music published in completely separate volumes.
The Bristol Tune Book was published as a collection of tunes for use with various ‘words only’ books. The collection was put together under the editorship of Alfred Stone and first published in 1863. It contained 342 hymn tunes and chants. It was intended for use by local congregations: in the preface Stone writes that it was put together as a collection of tunes convenient to the congregations known by him and the other editors.
In this and subsequent editions of the Bristol Tune Book there are many hymn tunes named after places in the Bristol area. Examples are, BRISTOL, BROADMEAD/DAVID’S HARP, ST MARY REDCLIFFE, CLIFTON, WESTON, and KNOWLE.
Some of the Bristol-associated tunes from the first edition of the Bristol Tune Book:
and from the ‘Third Series’: