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Park Street Area, Bristol

Park Street dates back to 1761 and is distinguished by its stepped terracing design. As you walk up the street you are blown away by the vista of the 68m high Wills Memorial Building (1925), a monolithic structure of the University of Bristol. This is a grade II listed building and therefore stringently protected by English law. Stepping a little forward in time, Frogmore Street, which runs off Park Street, is home to a typically subversive work of street art by Banksy, Bristol’s most famous modern creative son. All in all, the Old City of Bristol is a physical history lesson and a wonderful insight into the true nature of the conurbation.

Near Park Street is a classic example of late eighteenth century style called The Georgian House, located on Great George Street. Anyone who wants to know what it might have been like to have lived in Bristol in 1790 ought to tour round this delightful six-floored townhouse that has been lovingly restored. The Georgian House also speaks of the dark history of slavery, for the original occupant, John Pinney, owned sugar plantations in the West Indies. The House was also the home of Pero, a liberated slave, and visitors will get to see his reconstructed quarters along with the finery of the master bedroom, kitchen and drawing room that the upper-class members of the house inhabited. The basement is remarkable for its plune-pool that was used by Pinney himself, as well as the pantry, the housekeeper’s quarters and the pantry. Upstairs is an informative display pertaining to the legacy of slavery and the economic realities of the trade they made possible.

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