Bristol, The City Centre 1900

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Caption for Bristol, The City Centre 1900: Barrow boys, porters and carters do their best to earn a few shillings. Note the large pair of spectacles above the optician's shop. Victorian retailers were fond of using such devices, which were usually painted gold, to advertise their premises.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

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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)

I was born on the 24th of July 1929 above a shop next to a pub called the Rose of Denmark, in Hotwells, Bristol, very convenient for Father to wet his whistle and my head at the same time. Father was born in 1893, Mother in 1895. They were married on the 9th August 1924. My older brother John was born in 1927. Two months after (...Read full memory)

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This 1960s photograph shows Bristol's Fairfax Street in the Broadmead area. The large building on the left shows the former Fairfax House Department Store, later pulled down to build Bristol's Galleries Shopping Mall. The Co-op's Fairfax House was demolished and replaced by The Galleries car park. (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Bristol, The City Centre 1900: Barrow boys, porters and carters do their best to earn a few shillings. Note the large pair of spectacles above the optician's shop. Victorian retailers were fond of using such devices, which were usually painted gold, to advertise their premises.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

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