For the past week I’ve been in a small town on the south-west coast of England called Bristol. It’s Quite unknown to most of the rest of the world but it’s a historically important town, and you can see that all over Bristol through monuments, buildings or just street names. Whilst I was there I went to a few of these places.
The first place i went to was the SS Great britain (top photo). Designd by Bristolian engineer Brunel, it was the first steam ship to sail to America. The ship is really cool. It is filled with maniquens and things to make you feel like youre a part of it. My fave part of the ship was probably the same as always, "The talking toilet". If you havent been there you wont proparly understand the whole joke but its deffinetly something to see. On the ship theres also a piano and i sat down and played for ages.
Brunel also built the bridge you see in the photo, "The Clifton suspension bridge" and every year loads of people go there to watch the Bristol balloon fiesta. But the bridge also represents the towns history. It is suspended above the river avon that leads into bristols slave trade ect.
The town mixture of different, both modern and classic, architecture styles and the urban vibe of the town make you want to find out and see more. The first example of this being Temple Meads train station. Bristol train station. And the second being Bristol university, famous for being the less intimidating Oxbridge. Both buildings have a Georgian style that you can find all over Bristol
The contrasting modern designs the place carry’s are represented in (for example) @t Bristol, a science museum located in central Bristol by the old docks now known as a place to take a “lovely morning stroll” but also the home to media arts. The boardwalk features places such as The Watershed. The Tobacco Factory And The MShead. All carrying a part of the towns history with them.
If you walk through the city center you can again see this contrast. The modern, newly built shopping center Cabot circus,is right next to the beautiful Castle Park And the Catheadrel school
Like ive mentioned before the towns history plays a very important part in how it is. Blackbeard was from bristol and the town was a pirate town. There are old bars and taverns around every corner. Bristol also played an important role in the transatlantic slave trade and the habour still shows that. for example the tobacco factory, that i mentioned earlier, was by the docks beacuse of the tobacco they brought. the town is also perfectly on the west coast and easy to get to from america
(Image on right is remi, my step dad and Left is one of his friends from the Malcom X Center) Today Bristol deffinetly dosent have the same vibe a town built on slavery would have. The cultures are mixed, there being alot of jamaicans there. And the traditions are amazing beacuse of this. I had the privalage of being a part of the Yearly Carnival, so many different people, foods and it was just something so exciting to be a part of.
I loved going to bristol and i cant wait to come back
oh and i forgot to mention Banksy. But i think we all know who he is. His work is all over bristol.