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Steep Street Bristol OP08887

Steep Street Bristol OP08887


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Filename: OP08887.jpg

Size: 3718 x 4713 (18.0MB)

Date: 18th June 2015

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

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Steep Street Bristol OP08887

The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, 1866. John Hill Morgan (b 1833), platinum print. This view was recorded five years before Steep Street, curving away to the left, was demolished and replaced by a realigned road, Colston Street. Steep Street existed in the medieval period when it was the main road from the centre of Bristol to Gloucester. This photograph was published in 1891 as a nostalgic view by Bristol art publishers and print sellers Frost & Reed. A limited run of 100 prints was produced and the negative destroyed

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, taken in 1866, captures the junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street in the heart of Bristol, as it once looked before the inexorable march of progress changed the city's landscape forever. The image, a platinum print by John Hill Morgan, offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back to a time when horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians navigated the cobblestone streets, and gas lamps illuminated the way. Steep Street, which curved away to the left in this view, was a medieval road that served as the main route from the center of Bristol to Gloucester. Five years after this photograph was taken, Steep Street was demolished and replaced by a realigned road, Colston Street. The historic street, which had stood for centuries, was lost to make way for modernization. The photograph was published in 1891 by Frost & Reed, a renowned Bristol art publishing and print-selling company, as a nostalgic view of a bygone era. A limited run of 100 prints was produced, and the negative was subsequently destroyed, making this image a rare and valuable record of a vanished piece of Bristol's history. The photograph's details are rich and intriguing. The cobblestone street, worn smooth by the passage of time and the wheels of countless carriages, is lined with buildings that bear the marks of their age. The gas lamps, their glass globes casting a warm, yellow glow, add an air of mystery and romance to the scene. This photograph is a poignant reminder of the past, a testament to the enduring allure of history, and a tribute to the city of Bristol's rich and varied heritage.

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