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Bristol Museums, Galleries, Archives Reference HC1214

Also in Queens Square is an engraving showing homes destroyed in the riots of 1831. The riots were prompted by the defeat of the second Reform Bill that would have redistributed parliamentary representation towards fast-growing cities like Bristol. The rioters burned the local magistrate's Mansion House in Queen's Square and had to be violently dispersed by units of dragoons. I'm not so sure the trees there today are the same in the engraving, but it is certainly tempting to think they so.

Bristol Museums, Galleries, Archives Reference HC1267

1920s View up Redcliff Hill, complete with women on bicycles - a fairly unusual sight in those days! All the women appear to be wearing the trendiest of hats - not surprising as Bristol had over one hundred milliners. The many little shops and businesses that lined the street are now a distant memory as the city council flattened them; road-widening was the reason given to provide greater flow between Bedminster and the Centre. Among the variety of shops were chemists, wine merchants and a fondly-remembered seller of hot peas and faggots. The sign of A.E. Orchard, (purveyor to the King and HRH The Prince of Wales) denotes his butcher's shop.

Bristol Museums, Galleries, Archives Reference HC1901

Just behind Temple Meads Station is this stretch of canal lined with abandoned warehouses and cracking pavement. Once upon a time there was a steam crane and wharf here belonging to the Bristol Gas Company.

Bristol Museums, Galleries, Archives Reference HC1776

Men load a barge at the Lysaghts Works on one of the Floating Harbour's canals, just opposite Feeder Road.

Bristol Museums, Galleries, Archives Reference HC1518

This school for girls once stood on Thrissell Lane. It opened in 1831 before burning down in 1854 before being rebuilt and reopened later that year. I'm not entirely sure what happened to it, but clearly something happened.

Bristol Museums, Galleries, Archives Reference 43207/29/5/5

The 15th Century Holy Trinity Church.

Bristol Museums, Galleries, Archives Reference 43207/32/1/1

This was Lawford's prison. It was built in the 1780s and demolished shortly after this photo was taken, in 1907.

Bristol Museums, Galleries, Archives Reference 43207/32/1/1

The Ostrich Inn has been serving beer to Bristolean mariners since 1745.

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