NEW WALK: Discover Victorian Bristol
Would you believe that much of Bristol Cathedral was not completed until the Late Nineteenth Century? Well it’s true! Victorian architects used the original plans from the twelfth century to finish the job – seven hundred years behind schedule!
Our new evening tour covers all the key feature of Victorian society: banks and other buildings of commerce, local government and the courts, hotels and restaurants, factories and warehouses, hospitals and churches.
It was during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901) that much of the infrastructure of modern Bristol was created: roads and railways, sanitation and medical care, consumerism and leisure.
The Victorian elite were scared of the power of the industrial classes. They invested heavily in the construction of new churches and the improvement of old in order to counter the rise of religious non-conformity. They made provision (of sorts) for the poor.
For many of us this is the time of our great grandparents. It was a time of social, political and economic revolution – without an actual revolution. The Victorians were keen to ensure that did not happen!
Sadly, a lot of Bristol Victorian architecture was either bombed to oblivion in the 1940s or pulled down in the wake of the Second World War. What remains is still really impressive. Come and see for yourself!
As is our custom a set of Steve s research notes will be emailed out after the walk to help you hold on to what you have picked up from our tour of Victorian Bristol.
A Walk in the Past is a friendly group where regulars and newcomers are always welcome. Our aim is to combine a good walk with pleasant company in historic landscapes.