Bristol

1893 Industrial and Fine Arts Exhibition (1)



These pages were written because of emails I received from Allan Wathan and Hugh Watkins who both wanted information about the 1893 Industrial and Fine Arts Exhibition. Strangely enough information about the exhibition is hard to come by, I'd appreciate it if anyone who knows anything more about it would email me at brisray@yahoo.co.uk

The exhibition was held in a specially built wooden hall at the bottom of Colston Avenue near St. Augustine's Parade. The hall was 110 feet wide and 520 feet long and cost £11,000. It was lit by 20 electric and 400 gas lamps. The hall featured the first electric clock in Bristol. The exhibition itself was part promoted by J. W. Arrowsmith who owned Arrowsmith's the printers. It was opened by the Mayor, Mr. (later Sir) R. H. Symes. The exhibition made a profit of £2,200 which was donated to local charities. Around half a million people visited the exhibition during the five months it was open. The only trace of the exhibition now is a fountain by the Colston statue.

The exhibition hall nearing completion
(Image from Reece Winstone's "Bristol in the 1890's")

The nearly complete exhibition hall showing the newly finished St. Augustine's Bridge
(Image from Reece Winstone's "Bristol in the 1890's")

The completed exhibition hall and Bristol's first electric clock
(Image from Reece Winstone's "Bristol in the 1890's")

The Bristol 1893 Industrial and Fine Arts Exhibition: Page 2

This page created 15th October 2003, last modified 2nd September 2017


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