Bristol, Tram, The Centre 1901

Bristol, Tram, The Centre 1901

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Memories of Bristol, Tram, the Centre 1901

Bristol Tramway Company

Bristol Tramway Company and the glory days of the tram: After the First World War the Omnibus Company changed its name from Bristol Tramways to the Bristol Omnibus Company/ In 1937 it was forced to keep using their very old transport fleet until replacements could be built. In 1949-50 over 200 vehicles were scrapped at the Kingswood depot. In 1936 Bristol Corporation took an interest in the bus company a position that was to continue until privatisation in the 1980s. Until 1961 the buses even carried the Bristol coat of arms on their sides. The Second World War years proved difficult, with petrol rationing, and the company were forced to reduce its operations by half. Passenger numbers, however, ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by Paul Townsend

Memories of Bristol

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

The Port Of Bristol

Bristol's great heritage started from humble beginnings. An Anglo-Saxon settlement by the name of Brigstowe steadily grew into a thriving port. After the Norman invasion of 1066, a castle was built in what is now known as Castle Park. The port continued to flourish and Bristol became one of England's principal ports. John ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by Paul Townsend

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

Bristol, High Street And The Blitz 1940

Bristol's High Street scene of many strirring events in Bristol's history the heart of the city was destroyed and lost forever in 1940. As a city with docks and industry at its heart, Bristol was a natural target for German bombing during World War Two. The German Luftwaffe were able to trace a ...Read full memory

A memory of Bristol by Paul Townsend

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