Queer Places:
Ravensthorpe, 6 Downside Rd, Bristol BS8 2XE, UK
6 Northcote Rd, Bristol BS8 3HB, UK
St Mary the Virgin, 2 Church Ln, Portbury, Bristol BS20 7TR, UK

While in Clifton in 1868, John Addington Symonds met and fell in love with Norman Moor (January 10, 1851 – March 6, 1895), a youth about to go up to Oxford, who became his pupil.[5] Symonds and Moor had a four-year affair but did not have sex.[6] According to Symonds' diary of 28 January 1870, "I stripped him naked and fed sight, touch and mouth on these things."[7] The relationship occupied a good part of his time. (On one occasion he left his family and travelled to Italy and Switzerland with Moor.[8]) It also inspired his most productive period of writing poetry, published in 1880 as New and Old: A Volume of Verse.[9]

In December 1878, Edward Norman Peter, married Emily S. Powell, a vicar’s daughter two years his senior. The pair lived initially at Cecil Road, but made their married home in Northcote Road, close to Clifton College where Moor taught as assistant Master. Symonds spent that winter at Davos, but received visits that month from two other former Clifton students: Horatio F. Brown and Hugh Pearson. In a later letter to Henry Graham Dakyns he noted “I fancy you think of Mrs E. N. P. Moor? I don’t care for her photograph.”[23]


Northcote Road, Bristol


Clifton College, UK


Downside Road, Bristol


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  2. Waugh 1911.
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  11. Katz, Love Stories, pp. 243–244. Katz notes that "Whitman's knowledge of and response to ancient Greek love is the subject for a major study" (p. 381, note 6).
  12. DeJean, Joan (1989). "Sex and Philology". Representations. 27: 148–171. JSTOR 2928488.
  13. Katz, Love Stories, p. 244. A Problem in Greek Ethics was later published without attribution in Havelock Ellis's Sexual Inversion (1897); see Eric O. Clarke, Virtuous Vice: Homoeroticism and the Public Sphere (Duke University Press, 2000), p. 144.
  14. DeJean, pointing to the phrase "homosexual relations" in John Addington Symonds (1908). A Problem in Greek Ethics: Being an Inquiry Into the Phenomenonof Sexual Inversion, Addressed Especially to Medical Psychologists and Jurists. Areopagitiga Society. pp. 2–.
  15. Katz, Love Stories, p. 262.
  16. As quoted by Pulham, Art and Transitional Object, p. 59, and Anne Hermann, Queering the Moderns: Poses/Portraits/Performances (St. Martin's Press, 2000), p. 148.
  17. Aldrich, Robert (1993) The Seduction of the Mediterranean: Writing, Art, and Homosexual Fantasy. Routledge. 0415093120. p. 78.
  18. Dowling, Linda (1994) Hellenism and Homosexuality. Cornell University Press. ISBN 0801481708.. p. 74, notes that Jowett, in his lectures and introductions, discussed love between men and women when Plato himself had been talking about the Greek love for boys.
  19. Dowling, Linda (1994) Hellenism and Homosexuality. Cornell University Press. ISBN 0801481708.. pp. 88, 91.
  20. Regis, Amber (2016). "The Private Writing of J.A. Symonds". www.the-tls.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-25..
  21. Soldier Love and Related Matter/i> translated and edited by Andrew Dakyns.
  22. "Review of Shakspere's Predecessors in the English Drama by John Addington Sympnds". The Quarterly Review. 161: 330–381. October 1885.
  23. http://www.symondsinbristol.co.uk/?p=188