Victorian Clifton photo tour

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”― Franklin D. Roosevelt

I belong to a local history walking group. This weekend we had a stroll through my home city of Bristol to discover Victorian Clifton. Medieval Bristol was a small city close to the river and like most cities it outgrew its walls.

Gradually the city spread out. The wealthy merchants moved West up the hill where the air was cleaner.  We were able to see how they spent their money on grand houses. The 19th century was also the age of philanthropy and  scientific discovery. The area around the suspension bridge was developed during Victoria’s reign. I took all the photos on this page  within half a mile of the left hand side of the bridge.

The Clifton suspension bridge with woods on either side.
The Clifton Suspension bridge from the other side looking upriver towards the Mendip hills. #treesquare

This part of Bristol still has lots of trees as there was no natural boundary to expansion and a large area of land known as the downs was saved for recreation. 

Bristol Observatory

The observatory which was converted from an old mill still houses a working camera obscura.

The zoo is due to close next year as the animal enclosures are too small.

As a thriving port Bristol found it easy to obtain exotic animals and Bristol zoo was opened in 1832. 

Examples of Victoria Gothic architecture

Water fountain the Downs Bristol, 

Christ church Clifton surrounded by trees

More trees

The promenade Clifton Downs

Author: Anne Fraser

I am a retired nurse from Bristol. I am married with five grown up children, two grandchildren, a boy and a girl and two cats Heidi and Tilly. I like rambling, history and travel and I am hoping to connect with other people around the world who share my interests. I am especially keen to hear from other older bloggers.

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