Sunday, 20 February 2011

Two Bristols

Here is a Pair of Bristols for you. We paid the city a visit on a cold and dull February and wandered around the older part. Finally we went up to Clifton to look at this:

Yes, the Clifton Suspension bridge: Completed in the 1860s to I.K.Brunel's design (although they didn't fit some of his more exciting decorative features). Its a tribute to his skills that it carries a vast amount of traffic these days, far more than the foot passengers and horse carriages it was expected to serve.

In the older part of the city and dating from less than forty years later - 1900 to be precise - is this wonderful Arts and Crafts tiled front on the Edward Everard printing works.

Whereas the Clifton suspension bridge was exactly what I expected in the place I thought it would be, the result was a lack lustre dull view. Down in the city we stumbled upon this unexpected and colourful gem in a totally unexpected place.

I would also recommend Sn Nicholas market, it's rather like the Lanes in Brighton...

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