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Bristol Royal Infirmary – Old Building, Bristol

When an infirmary was founded on this site in 1736 it was among the earliest in the country, but the Old Building itself is later in date, having been rebuilt in stages between around 1780 and 1810, when it replaced the earlier hospital buildings on the site. The old Royal …

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West of England and South Wales Bank, Bristol

The Lloyds Bank is a historic building situated at 53 & 55 Corn Street in Bristol, England. Originally the West of England and South Wales Bank built by Bristol architects Bruce Gingell (1819–1899) and T.R. Lysaght in 1854. Gingell was one of the most progressive Bristol architects of the latter …

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Bristol Crown Court, Bristol

The original crown courts built as part of a much larger Bridwell island complex that featured a police station, cells, court room + waiting cells, the main bristol headquarters for the police and central bristol fire station.  The court rooms ceased to be used around the early 1980’s with the …

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The Slipper Baths, Bristol

Bristol South Swimming Baths opened in the 1930’s and are located in the south of Dame Emily Park.  It still operatates as a council run swimming pool for the area.  The slipper baths have remained closed and relatively untouched for over 50 years.  The swimming baths were more recently made …

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Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

Frenchay Hospital was a former A&E hospital in North Bristol that closed in May of this year after the creation of the new ‘Super Hospital’ at Southmead.  During the construction of Southmead’s new ‘Brunel Building’ it was the main A&E hospital for  the North Bristol Health Trust. The hospital, situated …

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Bristol Ice Rink, Bristol

Bristol Ice Rink opened as part of a huge Mecca entertainment complex in the 60’s known as the ‘New Bristol Centre’. At the time it was the biggest entertainment complex in Europe boasting a dozen licensed bars, an ice rink, bowling lanes, a casino, a night club, a grand cinema, …

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Bristol General Hospital, Bristol

The history of Bristol General dates back to 1832.  The lack of any health care in the growing industrial areas of Bedminster and Redclife became a concern of a local group of quakers. The Bristol General Hospital in its first incarnation, based on guinea street, provided treatment only to locals …

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Barrow Hospital, Bristol (35mm)

To start off 2012 a trip to the local, the old favourite.  It’s been a while, 18 months or more since I last visited and nearly 4 years since the first visit.  I’ve documented just about every square inch of the site so today it was time for something different. …

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Royal Hospital For Sick Children, Bristol

The history of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children can be traced back to 1866. The building on St Michaels Hill was opened in 1885 and gained ‘Royal’ status by Queen Victoria in 1897.  By the end of the 1980’s it became apparent that the current site had become …

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Cabot Tower, Bristol

Cabot Tower was built between 1896 and 1898 in memory of John Cabot, 400 years after he set sail in the Matthew from Bristol and landed in what was later to become Canada. It consists of a spiral staircase and two viewing platforms which overlook the city, the higher of …

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