A Thousand Years of History

Bristol City Docks


Living on Bristol City Docks, or what these days is referred to as ‘Harbourside’, has left me fascinated by its long and colourful history. I have tried to discover how it has evolved over the last thousand years starting with the first known map which dates from 1066.

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Bristol in 1066

The next stage was to scour the internet, books and Bristol Library and Museum for information to piece together the evolution and history of the docks up until the present day. To date this has been a very imperfect job because there are many sources which cover different fractions of the whole, often with gaps and contradictions. The information will therefore include plenty of omissions and errors which I would be pleased to add and correct if anybody draws them to my attention.

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The maps of the waterways between the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Totterdown lock are hand drawn from a number of sources so should be regarded as representations rather than properly surveyed maps. Inevitably older maps will be less accurate than modern ones.

Over the 1000 Years of Bristol Docks the shape of the docks has been constantly changing over time. The significant changes is a matter of opinion so The Seven Ages is a simplification but it does allow us to study the evolution through history. See also The Changing Shape of Bristol Docks

Also, the infrastructure of bridges and railways has changed over time - see Building Bridges

Finally the names of parts of the Bristol Docks have been under constant change - see What’s in a Name

Each of these main pages are linked to other pages which contain information and pictures about particular areas of Bristol City Docks. There are 26 sections of the docks listed below – each linked to the relevant page.

Albion Dockyard
Ashton Avenue Bridge
Baltic Wharf
Bristol Bridge
Bristol Frome
Castle Green
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Cumberland Basin
Finzels Reach
Great Western Dockyard
Hanover Quay
Mardyke Wharf
Pooles Wharf
Porto Quay
Princes Wharf
Redcliffe Wharf and Bridge
Spike Island
St Augustines Reach
St Phillips Marsh
Temple Meads
The Grove
Underfall Yard
Wapping Railway Wharf
Welsh Back