Avonmouth, Docks 1901

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Caption for Avonmouth, Docks 1901: The earliest scheme for a non-tidal basin at Avonmouth capable of taking vessels too large to reach Bristol was a £1.5 million project promoted in 1852. Alas, it got nowhere, but work did begin in 1868 on a single basin. After running into financial difficulties on several occasions, it eventually opened in 1877. While this was going on a rival scheme was being promoted at Portishead.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

Memories of Avonmouth


In 1977 I finished a Teacher Training Course at Redland College in Bristol. I was in need of a temporary job and was to find one in Avonmouth Docks where BOCM Silcocks (who had produced animal feed from grain and molasses since the 1930's) had an urgent need to demolish the whole site to avoid paying rates (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Avonmouth, Docks 1901: The earliest scheme for a non-tidal basin at Avonmouth capable of taking vessels too large to reach Bristol was a £1.5 million project promoted in 1852. Alas, it got nowhere, but work did begin in 1868 on a single basin. After running into financial difficulties on several occasions, it eventually opened in 1877. While this was going on a rival scheme was being promoted at Portishead.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

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