Berkeley Road and Muller buildings 2 Chris Stephens has been a Bishopston resident for nearly 50 years. He reminds us of how much the area has changed in that time and of the valuable work of the Bishopston Resident's Association, a precursor of The Bishopston Society, in saving and preserving the area from the ravages of developers.

muller buildings photo 1It is difficult to believe that not long ago St Andrews was a place of pilgrimage and small miracles. Visitors to Bristol at the beginning of the twentieth century were encouraged not only to visit the great sights of the city such as the Suspension Bridge and St Mary Redcliffe but also venture up Ashley Hill to Muller’s Orphan Houses.

St Andrews bookLocal resident and historian, Mike Manson will give a talk on the hidden history of the St Andrews area, based on his book of the same name.


Only accessible on Facebook, this group has been formed and is dedicated to showcasing the history of Bristol through photographs. For more information on 'Bristol Then and Now' see: here

severn beach railway

Initially this line only ran from Temple Meads to Clifton Down. It opened in 1874. The tunnel extension under the Downs to the Avon Gorge was not opened until 1877.
There was a railway line opened in 1865 running from Avonmouth to Hotwells ending at a site in the Avon Gorge just under the Suspension Bridge.

ColstonsgirlsschoolI attended Colston’s Girls’ School from 1932, when I was six, until I left in 1943. Pupils came to the school from a wide area of both Bristol and beyond.

Although not covering Bishopston history, the following website may well prove of interest, looking as it does at the history of the nearby neighbourhood of Henleaze:


Memories of the St Andrews area before its development: An extract from ‘Bristol City Suburbs and Countryside Bristol’ by ARTHUR  SALMON, published by Bristol Times and Mirror, 1922.

My first remembrance of what is now St Andrew’s Park is of a broad meadow; and as there is always one impression that stands out from all others, my memory is of a summer evening when this field was ripe for mowing, its long grass scattered thickly with clover and buttercups.

The following account is taken from English Heritage's report that it wrote as part of its full review of the school as a possible building deserving listed status.The request to EH for this review was made by the Bishopston Society in response to seeing the proposed Council's design for an extension to the primary school. This was felt to be totally lacking in sympathy with ithe original architecture.



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