s.s. Great Britain Bristol 1970
s.s. Great Britain - The History 1886 - 1970 Coal Hulk. Barely recognisable as the same vessel launched in 1843, she transported Welsh coal to San Francisco around Cape Horn. On her third trip, she ran into trouble around the Cape, and was forced to run for shelter in Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands. The cost of repairs were not economic and she was sold as a coal and wool storage hulk in Port Stanley. Here she remained through the First World War, with coal from her hold…
S.S. Great Britain 1970, passing under Brunel's Suspension Bridge
Brunel's s.s. Great Britain passing under Brunel's Suspension Bridge 1970 on her way home to Bristol .
1932 - The Bristol Hippodrome
View of Bristol Hippodrome BS1 in 1932. The theatre was designed by Frank Matcham, and opened on 16 December 1912. An important feature of the theatre when it opened was a huge water tank at the front of the stage; which could be filled with 100,000 gallons (454,609.188 litres) of water. Along with the tank was a large protective glass screen which could be raised in order to protect the orchestra and those in the stalls. It also has a dome, which can be opened when necessary; however…
Clifton Rocks Railway
Clifton Rocks Railway - The top entrance was at the end of Caledonia Place. Service was discontinued about 1932. At the beginning of the war, concrete platforms were constructed across the tunnel for use as an air raid shelter. It was damp and hardly used ( a horrible place). Later during the war it held a radio studio. Thousands of people drive along the Portway in Bristol and pass the bottom entrance to the Clifton Rocks Railway without even knowing it's there.The water powered…
The Gallery | Must-see images of Brunel's 150-year-old Clifton Suspension Bridge - New Civil Engineer
The bridge was opened on 8 December 1864 to link Clifton with Leigh Woods over the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in the West Country. It was based upon
1920s Upper Arcade Broadmead Bristol
1920s view of The old Upper Arcade between Bond Street and Horsefair which vanished in the war, Broadmead once had two Arcades. These Arcades are still popular working-class shopping centres. They afford both entertainment by the variety of displays at all times and shelter in rainy weather. I dare say that many a purchase has thus been made which was not intended when the buyer entered one or the other of these hundred-year-old ranges of shops with their dwellings. Many people seem…
Odeon Bristol 1959
The Bristol Odeon opened 16th July in 1938 (Architect T.Cecil Howitt) seen here in 1959. It still operating although in a smaller form. Shops replace the main entrance and foyer, and the tower has been altered, in other words it's a shadow of it's former self. The original Cinema had seating for 1,945 people. Still operating but as a Triple Screen seating 399, 244, and 215.
Rosie, the elephant, Bristol Zoo 1950s
The elephant Rosie was a former circus animal acquired by the zoo in 1938; she was very tame and gave rides on her howdah to thousands of children every year. She is seen here in the company of Tom Bartlett, the elephant keeper. Rosie died in 1961. .
Bristol North Swimming Baths on Gloucester Road
At the time of the First World War the Corporation of Bristol had just completed the Bristol North Baths so this structure was put at the disposal of the Ministry of Munitions and used as an instrumental factory in which relays of workers - nearly all young women - were taught to perform various tasks so that when they moved to the actual workshops they would be familiar with the work and implements. The old Bristol North Baths were often empty in winter, when no one wanted to swim, and…