28 Rare Vintage Photos Captured Everyday Life in Bristol Before 1900

Bristol is a city, unitary authority area and county in South West England. It is England’s sixth and the United Kingdom’s eighth most populous city, and the most populous city in Southern England after London.The city borders the Unitary Authority areas of North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the historic cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively.Here below is a rare collection of 28 vintage photos that captured everyday life of this city before 1900.

 A Victorian view of Westbury-on-Trym village


 Colwill’s Coach office, 1894


A.C. Haskins baker and confectioner, North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, 1888


Blackboy Hill and The Kings Arms pub, 1899


Bristol domestic servants, 1898


Bristol Tramways & Carriage Company, 1875


Bristol Victorian organ grinder on street, ca. 1890s


Bristol’s Cabot Tower nearing com­pletion in 1898


Carriages on the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Light Railway, ca. 1890s


Castle Green, Bristol, 1888


Christmas Steps, Lewins Mead, Bristol, 1899


Dwarfs wedding in Bristol, 1869


First electric-cables being laid in Bristol’s High Street, 1893


N.Taylor game and poultry dealer with all its fresh birds on display, Nicholas Street, 1899


Orphan boys outside the Muller’s home on Ashley Down, Bristol, ca. 1890s


Peter Street, Bristol, 1899


Pumping Station, Avon Gorge near Clifton, 1874


The Drawbridge, Bristol, 1880


The Dutch House on the corner of Wine Street and High Street, Bristol, 1884


The laying of electric-cables in Baldwin Street, Bristol, 1893


The Pithay, Bristol, 1880


The Rose and Crown at 38 Broadmead, Bristol, ca. 1890s


Victorian Seaside holidays in Bristol


Victorian seaside in Bristol


Victorian steam traction, Redcliffe Hill, Bristol


Victorian view of the charming Dial House, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol


Wills Tobacco girls, Bedminster, ca. 1890s


A loaded timber carriage pulled by three horses waiting to unload at Toogood’s timber yard, West Street, Bedminster, 1899

(Photos from Paul Townsend)

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