Old City | Bristol, England

09 February 2014

As a masters student in History with a specialty in Medieval and Early Modern England, I find the history of my current city fascinating. It is unclear the precise date of Bristol's founding. Early records prove Bristol's existence dates back as far as the 11th century. The original medieval city was walled in, with churches acting as the gates to the city. 

As the city grew, medieval buildings were continuously rebuilt. Although the few remaining medieval buildings in Bristol are churches, most of the old city contains architecture that dates back to the 16-18th century. 

The Old City today is famous for St. Nicholas' Market and the amazing nightlife. My friends and I often find ourselves sitting in pubs within the Old City. This semester I am lucky enough to be taking a class on Medieval Bristol. It's a historians DREAM to learn a history then walk outside and physically see it!

This last picture is the only surviving gate into the city. On top of the gate sits St John the Baptist Church. I was lucky enough to explore the crypt below this church just a few days ago. One of the many perks of being a MA History student!

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  1. I've only spent a day if Bristol but I'd love to explore more! x

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