A History and Guide to Bristol, England

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Bristol - A history and a Guide

This is my history and guide to my home city - Bristol. I hope you enjoy it as Bristol is one of the best cities in the world.

A good place to start would be to tell you where we are . . .

Bristol is situated 120 miles west of London, England. If you are interested the city centre is located at Lat. 51:27:15 Long. 2:35:12. and at Ordnance Survey co-ordinates 359249 173007

Map showing Bristol in relation to some major UK cities

Here's an interesting fact about the UK - Everyone lives within 60 miles of the coast.

Map showing Bristol and some major surrounding cities and towns.

The area bounded by the mauve rectangle is shown in the satellite photograph below.

To give you some idea of the scale of this map the distance between Bristol and Bath is 15 miles

Satellite photo of the area around Bristol

Satellite photo of the area around Bristol

If you would like to see more detailed maps then go to my links page

Bristol has a population of around 376,000

Satellite photo of Bristol

Satellite photo of Bristol

Each side of this map is about 10 miles long.

A1 Nightingale Valley B1 Abbots Leigh C1 Ashton Court D1 Bower Ashton
E1 Ashton Vale F1 Ashton Gate G1 Bedminster H1 Bedminster Down
I1 Highridge J1 Withywood K1 Bishopsworth L1 Hartcliffe
M1 Headley Park N1 Novers Hill O1 Windmill Hill P1 Totterdown
Q1 Filwood Park R1 Knowle S1 Hengrove T1 Whitchurch
U1 Stockwood V1 Brislington W1 Arno's Vale X1 Broomhill
Y1 Saint Annes Z1 Barton Hill A2 Easton B2 Whitehall
C2 Saint George D2 Crews Hole E2 Conham F2 Longwell Green
G2 Somerdale H2 Willsbridge I2 Oldland J2 Cadbury Heath
K2 Warmley L2 Hanham M2 Kingswood N2 Two Mile Hill
O2 Speedwell P2 Fishponds Q2 Eastville R2 Stapleton
S2 Staple Hill T2 Mangotsfield U2 Downend V2 Frenchay
W2 Hambrook X2 Harry Stoke Y2 Stoke Gifford Z2 Bradley Stoke
A3 Patchway B3 Filton C3 Lockleaze D3 Horfield
E3 Ashley Down F3 Montpelier G3 Cotham H3 Redland
I3 Westbury Park J3 Bishopston K3 Golden Hill L3 Henleaze
M3 Eastfield N3 Southmead O3 Brentry P3 Henbury
Q3 Westbury on Trym R3 Coombe Dingle S3 Kings Weston T3 Lawrence Weston
U3 Avonmouth V3 Shirehampton W3 Sea Mills X3 Stoke Bishop
Y3 Durdham Downs Z3 Clifton A4 Hotwells B4 City Centre
C4 Broadmead D4 Saint Pauls E4 Saint Werburghs F4 Old Market

Present day Bristol is a conglomeration of the many villages and hamlets that used to surround the original city and have since been swallowed up by it. Usually, but not always, all that has survived are the names of these villages. Hence people still talk of Brislington and Clifton villages.

Incidentally, do you know the difference between a village and a hamlet?

(The answer is at the bottom of the page)

Other useful sites you may like to visit can be found at :-

Old English Weights, Measures and Coinage

While I was writing this I realised that some of the terms I would be using are no longer in common usage, these sites will give more information

Chard Jewellers an excellent site that has much information on the British pre-decimal coinage system
English Weights and Measures
Footrule - pages explaining the old volume / capacity measurements
Jaques Proot - pages explaining all sorts of old measurements
Paul Lewis - a page explaining the old British pre-decimal coinage system

General Unit Conversion

United Kingdom

Association of British Counties
The Counties of England
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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch at the BBC
UK placenames

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Other pages in this section...

Place Names
Legends, Pre-history and the Romans
Birth of the City
1100 Onwards - Norman Times, Knights Templar, King John, New Frome and Bristol Bridge, Three Edwards, Trade Guilds and the Red Books, The Plague and after, The New Charters - we become a County, the Cathedral, St. Mary Redcliffe
Voyages
1450 Onwards - The War of the Roses, Social Life, Queen Elizabeth I's visit, the Great House, Red Lodge, America and other Colonies, The Civil War - Causes
1650 Onwards - The Civil War, Charles II, Growing City, Diarists, Religious quarrels, Monmouth's Rebellion, The Bloody Assize, The Duke and Duchess, The Slave Trade, Other Trade and Industries
1700 Onwards - Social Life, Prisons, Relief for the Poor, Education, News, George Whitefield, the Wesleys and Methodism, Prisoners of War and Manor Park Hospital, The Industrial Revolution, cast iron, the roads, lead shot, postal services. Dr Tucker, Edmund Burke, Joseph Cottle and the poets, Humphry Davy
Riots (Page 1) Food Riot - 1709, Political Riot -1714, Weavers Riots - 1728 / 1729, Turnpike Riots - 1727 - 1749, Food Riot - 1753, Bristol Bridge Riot - 1793, Political Reform Riot - 1831
Riots (Page 2) G.I. Riot - 1944, Political Riot -1980
The Blitz (Page 1) - The WWII bomb raids on Bristol
The Blitz (Page 2)
The Castle (Page 1) - The Norman Conquest, Robert Fitzhamon and Robert of Caen, Matilda, Maud and Stephen
The Castle (Page 2) - King Richard I and King John, Taxes, The Mint, Wales
The Castle (Page 3) - Peter de la Mare, Edward II, The Despensers, Death of Edward II, William Scrope, War of the Roses, Wyrcester's Account of the Castle, More Taxes
The Castle (Page 4) - Religious Dissent, Civil War, The End of the Castle, Remains
The Castle (Page 5) - Remains
The Castle (Page 6) - Remains, Sources
Blaise Castle (Page 1)
Blaise Castle (Page 2) - including Sea Mills and Blaise Hamlet
Castle Green (Page 1) - including Victoria Street
Castle Green (Page 2)
Union Street - Fry's chocolate & excavations of a medieval site
Broadmead - John Wesley's Chapel, Merchant Tailors Almshouse and Quakers Friars
The Old City (Page 1)
The Old City (Page 2)
The Old City (Page 3)
The Old City (Page 4)
Christmas Steps (Page 1)
Christmas Steps (Page 2)
St. Mary Redcliffe (Page 1)
St. Mary Redcliffe (Page 2)
St. Mary Redcliffe (Page 3)
College Green (Page 1)
College Green (Page 2)
King Street (Page 1)
King Street (Page 2)
Clifton (Page 1)
Clifton (Page 2) - St. Andrew's Church
Avon Gorge (Page 1) - Leigh Woods, Stokeleigh Camp, Nightingale Valley, Suspension Bridge, Suicides
Avon Gorge (Page 2) - Suspension Bridge, Flying
Avon Gorge (Page 3) - Rock Slide, Observatory, Camera Obscura, Giant's Cave
Hotwells (Page 1) - Clifton Rocks Railway, the Hotwell
Hotwells (Page 2) - Samuel Plimsoll, the Floating Harbour
City Docks (Page 1)
City Docks (Page 2)
City Docks (Page 3)
Bedminster (Page 1) - The New Cut, Old gaol
Bedminster (Page 2) - Police Station, Pubs, Bristol Blue Glass
Bedminster (Page 3)
Bedminster (Page 4)
Bedminster (Page 5)
Bedminster (Page 6)
Bedminster (Page 7)
Old Market (Page 1)
Old Market (Page 2)
St. George (Page 1)
St. George (Page 2)
St. George (Page 3)
St. George (Page 4) - Old Georgians
Temple (Page 1)
Temple (Page 2)
Temple (Page 3)
Arno's Vale Cemetery (Page 1)
Arno's Vale Cemetery (Page 2)
Brislington
@ Bristol
Oldest House
I. K. Brunel (Page 1) - Bristol Suspension Bridge, Temple Meads, Great Western Railways
I. K. Brunel (Page 2) - SS Great Western, SS Great Britain
Ma Pugsley
Yeamans - An important 17th century family
Boundaries (Page 1)
Boundaries (Page 2)
Photography
Seals, Arms and Logos (Page 1)
Seals, Arms and Logos (Page 2)
Exhibition (Page 1) - The 1893 Industrial and Fine Arts Exhibition
Exhibition (Page 2)
Lead Working
Historical Perspective
Bristol Postcards
Virtute et Industrial
Other Sites
Bibliography (Page 1)
Bibliography (Page 2)
Bibliography (Page 3)
Help Wanted (Page 1)
Help Wanted (Page 2)
Help Wanted (Page 3)

(A village has a church and a hamlet hasn't.)

This page created 8th January 2000, last modified 1st January 2013