Books about Bristol, England

About the city of Bristol, England

Bristol is a thriving modern city in the South West of England.

Its known history extends back to Iron Age hill forts, although archaeolgical finds in the area have been described as indicating human or 'pre-modern human' activity in the Stone Age. There were also Roman settlements in areas now part of Bristol. By 1020 the town was a trading centre that produced its own coinage. It received a Royal Charter in 1155. A stone bridge built in 1247 was in use until the 1760s. It has been estimated that during 1348-9 approx. 30-50% of the population died of the Black Death. The town and surrounding areas received county status in 1373. For the next several hundred years (until the Industrial Revolution in the C19th) Bristol was one of the country's most important maritime ports. It received city status in 1542. In 1739 John Wesley founded the first Methodist chapel in Bristol.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge (shown below) opened in 1864. It remains a distinctive landmark that is still in use today.

Bristol's maritime activity decline during the C19th when several changes resulted in increased shipping operating from Liverpool instead. Even so, Bristol suffered extensive damage during WW2, resulting in much post-war redevelopment during the 1960-70s.
The aviation industry has been increasingly active here from the latter part of the C20th. In 2005 Bristol was named by the government as one of England's "six science cities" and remains a hub of technological innovation.

The city of Bristol and its surrounding areas is rich in architectural heritage with many surviving examples of different styles of buildings.

Sports

Bristol is home to teams competing in a wide range of sports such as football (Bristol City and Bristol Rovers) incl. women's football, rugby union, cricket, basketball, American football and athletics. There are also many leisure facilities and various groups that meet to pursue walking, cycling and other activities.

See also news from, about or mentioning Bristol (England).

Secret Underground Bristol and Beyond

Secret Underground Bristol and Beyond

by Sally Watson

ISBN: 1874092958 ASIN: 1874092958

128 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Broadcast Books

The Rough Guide to Bath, Bristol & Somerset (Rough Guides)

The Rough Guide to Bath, Bristol & Somerset (Rough Guides)

by Rough Guides

ISBN: 0241237459 ASIN: 0241237459

336 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Rough Guides

Price: 21.99 USD

Great Britain: 4 Books - Places You NEED To Visit in Great Britain, London, Manchester & Birmingham (Great Britain, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester) (Volume 2)

Great Britain: 4 Books - Places You NEED To Visit in Great Britain, London, Manchester & Birmingham (Great Britain, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester) (Volume 2)

by Writing Souls' Travel Guides

ISBN: 1721028765 ASIN: 1721028765

185 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Price: 7.68 USD

Manchester: Cities, Sights & Other Places You Need To Visit (Great Britain, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester) (Volume 7)

Manchester: Cities, Sights & Other Places You Need To Visit (Great Britain, London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester) (Volume 7)

by Writing Souls' Travel Guides

ISBN: 9781981379989 ASIN: 1981379983

54 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Price: 19.73 USD

North Somerset and Bristol (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England)

North Somerset and Bristol (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England)

by Nikolaus Pevsner

ISBN: 0300096402 ASIN: 0300096402

512 pages (Hardcover)

Publisher: Yale University Press

Price: 65.00 USD

Birmingham: Where To Go, What To See - A Birmingham Travel Guide (Great Britain,London,Birmingham,Glasgow,Liverpool,Bristol,Manchester) (Volume 3)

Birmingham: Where To Go, What To See - A Birmingham Travel Guide (Great Britain,London,Birmingham,Glasgow,Liverpool,Bristol,Manchester) (Volume 3)

by Worldwide Travellers

ISBN: 1545554005 ASIN: 1545554005

44 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Price: 19.73 USD

Somerset with Bath and Bristol (Pimlico County History Guides)

Somerset with Bath and Bristol (Pimlico County History Guides)

by S Toulson

ISBN: 0712698876 ASIN: 0712698876

208 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Pimlico

Glasgow: Where To Go, What To See - A Glasgow Travel Guide (Great Britain,London,Birmingham,Glasgow,Liverpool,Bristol,Manchester) (Volume 4)

Glasgow: Where To Go, What To See - A Glasgow Travel Guide (Great Britain,London,Birmingham,Glasgow,Liverpool,Bristol,Manchester) (Volume 4)

by Worldwide Travellers

ISBN: 1975611918 ASIN: 1975611918

74 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Price: 19.73 USD

A-Z Bristol and Bath Street Atlas (Street Maps & Atlases)

A-Z Bristol and Bath Street Atlas (Street Maps & Atlases)

by Geographers' A-Z Map Company

ISBN: 1843480972 ASIN: 1843480972

224 pages (Paperback)

Publisher: Geographers' A-Z Map Co Ltd

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