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Old February 29th, 2008, 04:24 PM   #1
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BRISTOL, England

Bristol is the eightth largest city in England with a city population of 426,000 and an urban population of 600,000. It is one of England's main cities as it holds a central location in the southern half of the country between London and Swansea in Wales. The M4 and M5 cross here and many of the train routes from the north to the south coast pass through Temple Meads Station.



BRISTOL'S HISTORY

The Saxons knew it as Brycgstowe, meaning 'the settlement by the bridge'. That position combines the advantages of riverine port and crossing - a meeting of the ways where a market can thrive. Bristol was well placed to trade with Ireland. It is however sad to say that it played a major part in exporting slaves.

The sea can bring raiders as well as trade, but Bristol, set on a tongue of land between the Rivers Avon and Frome, had natural defences. The Normans improved on nature. Bristol Castle was constructed to defend the city from the land side of the city. The city also had a wall around it.

Because of the success of Bristol port, it had no choice but to expand. By diverting the River Frome in 1239, the burgesses more than doubled their wharf space. At the same time the old Saxon bridge was replaced by the Bristol Bridge as it is now which linked the main city with a rapidly expanding 'Redcliffe' on the southern side of the River Avon. The development of Redcliffe meant that Bristol was divided between Gloucestershire and Somerset - an awkward arrangement. The problem was resolved in a unique way. In 1373 Bristol became a county in its own right.

Its Corporation was dominated by the Guild of Merchants, which evolved into The Society of Merchant Venturers. The Society regulated Bristol's maritime trade for centuries. Bristol merchants financed John Cabot, an Italian navigator to sail west from Bristol in 1497 in his ship, the Matthew. He discovered Newfoundland. Later ships left Bristol to found or support colonies in the New World.

By the 18th century Bristol was the principal British port for trade with the American colonies and the West Indies. Once again the city was involved in the slave trade. A common trade pattern was the transatlantic triangle. Manufactured goods from Bristol's rising industries were shipped to Africa, where slaves were picked up for transport to the West Indian and American plantations. Ships then returned to Bristol laden with sugar, molasses, tobacco, rum and cocoa. These imports fuelled the development of related industries in Bristol: sugar refining, chocolate making and cigarette making.

Bristol had grown wealthy through its harbour. Yet for centuries strong tides left vessels half buried in mud at low water. The problem was solved in the early 19th century, when a stretch of the River Avon was enclosed to create a deep water pool - the Floating Harbour. Even so the port declined. It was not ideally suited to the massive ships that new technologies were making possible. So new docks were built at Avonmouth in the 1870s. The Floating Harbour has now been transformed into a leisure marina. It is thronged each year for the Bristol Harbour Festival. Tall ships visit for the event, like ghosts of Bristol's past.

ABOUT THIS THREAD

1) I will be hosting pictures of the city at weekly intervals, roughly 50-60 pictures a week of different parts of Bristol (taken by myself) as the year goes on. Pictures will be shown at the weekends.

2) Hopefully this will show Bristol well in all different seasons and the developments that are occurring in the city.

3) I have not continued with my previous threads because I have realised the pages load very slowly due to copious pictures so this thread should condense that number a bit.

4) If you have any questions please PM me or if you have any requests of places of things in Bristol you would like to see, please do say.


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Old February 29th, 2008, 06:57 PM   #2
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Mike, have you missed the new rule? These are your own photos.... threads of our own photos do not go in Cityscapes/Skylines anymore, they go in Urban Showcase. I will move
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Old February 29th, 2008, 07:11 PM   #3
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Can we have some pics of posh streets and houses in Clifton please?
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Old February 29th, 2008, 08:53 PM   #4
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Mike, have you missed the new rule? These are your own photos.... threads of our own photos do not go in Cityscapes/Skylines anymore, they go in Urban Showcase. I will move
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Oh right, sorry. Thanks for moving mate.

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Hi there Jonesy55, another British photo thread person! Great! Yeah sure, in fact I've actually taken some this week to show for starters so hope you enjoy the first photo post.
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Old March 1st, 2008, 12:01 AM   #5
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lol So those are their advantages, eh? It's too bad small cars aren't very popular here (besides mini coopers). Nice city btw. Looks grey and cold, though.
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Nice city btw. Looks grey and cold, though.
It is winter you know.
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Old March 1st, 2008, 01:58 PM   #8
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Great thread...

I flew from Bristol International to Rome last Easter...had the morning to look around Bristol
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Old March 7th, 2008, 11:47 PM   #9
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lol So those are their advantages, eh? It's too bad small cars aren't very popular here (besides mini coopers). Nice city btw. Looks grey and cold, though.
Yep, it's surprising how many of those cars you do see parked in spaces around the city like that lol. Anyway, thanks, it has been a cold second half of the winter but has been much more unsettled recently. Hopefully spring will bring something more sunny.

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Hehe, thanks mate. It should either act like winter or turn into spring in my view.

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Sometimes that's the best way to do cities, pop in and get a feel sort of thing. Did you like it?
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Old March 8th, 2008, 12:42 AM   #10
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Beautiful, nice pictures
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Thank you Patachou, glad you like them.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #13
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Excellent work mike you have done the city proud.
we salute you!
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 12:18 AM   #15
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Excellent work mike you have done the city proud.
we salute you!
Thanks my friend, glad you like the pictures. I just enjoy the city so much, it seems silly not to take pictures of it. I hope you like the next update as much as you did this one. Take care.
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Lovely pics - Bristol seems to have a big city centre when compared to other cities in the UK (perhaps thats just the impression i get from seeing pics).

Keep up the good work
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Old March 29th, 2008, 12:02 AM   #19
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Quite possibly the impression but Bristol is quite a low-rise city overall, bar a few of the taller buildings and although quite dense, it spreads out quite a way around. The city centre is like a series of different places due to the different time periods certain parts were built in.
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