Bristol History


Bristol, the second largest shipping port outside London, is built around the confluence of the rivers Avon and Frome and is home to Brunel's famous Clifton suspension bridge. The city was believed to be founded in 1000, producing its own currency just 20 years later, however archeologists have found remains 60,000 years old in the area, suggesting people settled there a long time before the town was built. Bristol also gained a Royal charter in 1155 and was then granted County status in 1373. In the present day it is a very culturally alive city with endless displays of the arts, theatre and music and is seen as the gateway to the West Country. It's Floating Harbour is deemed the jewel in Bristol's Crown but there are certain historical treats amongst the medieval elements of 'Old Bristol'.

Famous people from Bristol:

University of Bristol graduates include the magician and psychological illusionist Derren Brown, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Miranda Richardson is among one of the many actors who was taught at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, opened by Laurence Olivier in 1946.

The graffiti artist Banksy was born in the city, his work displayed over much of it and some famous comedians also grew up in the area, such as Justin Lee Collins, Lee Evans and Russell Howard