Sunday, 5 May 2013

Bristol - Part 1

It is about time this blog ventured a bit further west, so Bristol here we come. And time to get your walking shoes on as we start with a nice long stroll.

Departure point is College Green, and more specifically Bristol Cathedral. There are plenty of words to be read on the history of the building, but the clock itself is pretty much run-of-the-mill.

Opposite the cathedral is this rather interesting (but unfortunately stopped) clock with the legend "The Bristol Music Shop".


Now for a little climb as College Green morphs into Park Street - Bristol certainly has some hills to contend with. The reward for slogging up Park Street is the opportunity to eat at Jamie's Italian restaurant and to stare longingly up at the clock.

I was about to berate Mr Oliver for allowing his premises to tell porky pies (albeit probably organic ones) about the time, but then noticed that the opposite face is pukka.

And if you don't want a full meal after your climb, well just continue on along what has now become Queen's Road to Ground Up for a coffee.

Just don't rely on the clock for telling the time.

This is a good part of Bristol for clock spotting. Just past Ground Up is the Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre - although if you have walked up Park Street you should be fit already (or in need of a sit down). Anyway, a more modern design of clock than we have come across so far, and one that works well on what would otherwise be a very boring wall.

Just around the corner in Bruton Place is this gem of a barber shop - Mr Swanton's in fact.

A good motto on the clock - but does that mean you shouldn't waste time having your hair cut?

Immediately opposite is this clock on what one assumes is private housing. Rather odd to see it here on housing, especially with Mr Swanton's clock opposite, but good to see anyway.

Let's continue north into what is now Whiteladies Road until its junction with Imperial Road, where we find Tyndale Baptist Church.

It is now time to turn south and to move back downhill. On St Michael's Hill is Colston's Almshouses dating from 1691 - 96.

At the bottom of the hill is St Michael on the Mount Without, a church dating from the 15th century and rebuilt in 1775 - 77, but now closed.

Turning left at the bottom of the hill will take you to Bristol Royal Infirmary, where Part 2 will start.

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