Bristol, Broad Street c.1935

Bristol, Broad Street c.1935

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When Celia Fiennes visited Bristol in 1698 she noted that there were nineteen parish churches. There was no official place of worship for Catholics until the 1730s, and even then it was only created out of necessity. Abraham Darby owned a brassworks in the city, but in order to beat off foreigh competition he needed to employ skilled Flemish workers; they would only come to Bristol if thery were allowed to worship freely as Catholics.

Memories of Bristol, Broad Street c1935

St John's Gate Broad Street

St John's Gate in Broad Street in Bristol is the only surviving medieval city gateway, at one one time there were seven gates into the old city. Fortified gateways pierced the town wall at intervals. St John's Gateway, originally one of these, is the only Bristol one to survive. Portcullis channels are still visible within the arch. Queen Elizabeth I rode through here on entering the city in 1574. St John's Church was built on the wall at this gateway at the end of the 14th century, when a new outer wall was constructed. Originally a single gateway, the side passages were pushed through in 1820. During the Middle Ages, this site provided water for the parishioners (it was the overflow, from a conduit ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by Paul Townsend

Memories of Bristol

Bristol's Leaning Tower Of Temple

Pisa has its famous leaning tower - and so does Bristol, with its drunkenly off-vertical tower of Temple Church in Temple Street. The tower isn't on the stupendous scale of its Italian counterpart, it's true. But its prominent position by busy Victoria Street and its proximity to Temple Meads station make it ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by Paul Townsend

Shops I Visited

I can remember my parents taking me to a furniture shop at the bottom of Union St, opposite the cinema which a friend of my father ran. I have tried and tried to remember the name with no luck - it was in the late fifties - can anyone remember it.

A memory of Bristol by Jayne Hobbs

John Cabot The History

Cabot used only one ship with 18 crew, the Matthew, a small ship (50 tons), but fast and able. He departed on either May 2 or May 20, 1497 and sailed to Dursey Head, Ireland. His men were frightened by ice, but he forged on, landing somewhere, possibly on the coast of Newfoundland, possibly on the coast of Cape Breton ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by Paul Townsend

Denmark Street

During my search of my family history, I have discovered that a brother of my gran (Annie Brown nee Shill) owned a shop on Denmark street, Bristol. He ran a hairdressing business from 1917-1930. It was near to the Hatchet Pub, on a corner of the street. When his business closed for reasons I have yet to find out, the shop was ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by helen.jane
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