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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 (...Read full memory)

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 list of just some streets which have disappeared or changed their names since 1900. Barr's Street (Lane until 1848) - Milk Street to St James's Barton - demolished and built over post-war for Broadmead Shopping Centre. Barton Alley - widened in 1860s and became Bond Street. Carey's Lane - Old Market (...Read full memory)

My mother's name was Gladys Letton, she lived in Eden Grove, Horfield, she was in the WLA. Is there anyone out there that would remember her?? A great web site, thanks for any help. Carol.

Before the railways (railroads) came, there was no particular reason why people in Bristol, England should keep the same time as people in London. At that time there was no practical way of communicating information about time over a distance. When the telegraph made such communication possible, it became necessary for (...Read full memory)

Centre of road, driving towards the camera in his brand new ivory Ford Consul Mk II reg. 441 AAE is my recently deceased father, Captain G.G.Liles of BOAC (ex-RAF).1920-2006. We lived in Brislington from 1949-1958, until moving away to Hertfordshire. He had initially flown on crew transport from Filton to Heathrow, (...Read full memory)

St Augustine the Less was in Hotwells, Bristol, on Hotwells Road oposite Dowry Parade. I think it was demolished after the war, and replaced with a block of flats.

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)

The large vessel in the foreground is a pleasure steamer belonging to Campbells, the 'Empress Queen', and was the first screw steamer owned by the company. The vessel on the opposite bank was a William Sloan steamer, registered at Leith, although her name, partly obscured, was not one of their regulars and may have (...Read full memory)

The old St James Barton area of the city was demolished in the late 1950s to make way for Bond Street and the bus station. The rebuilding of the city started almost as soon as the Second World War had ended. The blitz destroyed many historic buildings and St James Barton was changed forever. It is (...Read full memory)