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December 8, 2019

The Junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, 1866

This view was recorded five years before Steep Street, curving away to the left, was demolished and replaced by a realigned road, Colston Street. The 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.

The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, 1866. (Photo by John Hill Morgan/Historic England Archive)

A small nugget of grittier Victorian reality buried in the image. The shop window in the centre of the picture contains a sign reading “hair bought”: presumably one of the options for the poor of Bristol in hard times.

Below is the same angle of the junction of Steep and Trenchard streets in 2018:

The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, 2018.




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