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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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)

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 (...Read full memory)

Arnos Vale Cemetery is the location of the tomb of Raja Ram Mohun Roy - 'The Father of Modern India'. He died when on a visit to Bristol in 1833. This gentleman left home and 'sought knowledge by his extensive travels'. He mastered ten languages, encouraged the study of English in early 19th century India (...Read full memory)

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)

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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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