A TIMELINE OF THE HISTORY OF BRISTOL

By Tim Lambert

Early Bristol

c. 950

Bristol grows into a busy market town

1066

The population of Bristol is about 4,000 making it a large town by the standards of the time

1129

The Priory of St James is built

1142

An Augustinian Abbey is founded

1155

Bristol is granted a charter (a document giving the townspeople certain rights)

1239-1247

The River Frome is diverted

1373

The boundaries of Bristol are extended to include Radcliffe

1497

Cabot sails to Newfoundland

1522

The Merchant Adventurers are incorporated

1532

A grammar school is founded in Bristol

1555-57

Five Protestants are burned in Bristol

1575

The plague strikes Bristol

1590

Queen Elizabeth Hospital School is founded

1602-1604

The plague strikes Bristol again

1643

During the Civil War the Royalists capture Bristol

1644-45

Plague returns to Bristol

1656

Bristol Castle is destroyed

1669

Christmas Steps are built

1700

The population of Bristol is about 25,000

1702

Queen Square is built

1737

Bristol Royal Infirmary is built

1739

The first Methodist Chapel is built

1750

The first bank in Bristol opens

1766

The Theatre Royal is built

1768

A new bridge is built

Modern Bristol

1801

Bristol has a population of about 68,000

1806

The streets of Bristol are paved, cleaned and lit with oil lamps

1818

Bristol gains gas light

1841

The railway reaches Bristol

1844

The Great Britain is launched

1846

A waterworks is built

1864

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is built

1874

Horse drawn trams begin running through the streets of Bristol

1895

The first electric trams begin operation

1899

The mayor of Bristol becomes a Lord Mayor

1901

The population of Bristol is 330,000

1909

Bristol University is founded

World War II

1,299 people in Bristol are killed by bombing

1957

Arnolfini Art Gallery opens

1965

Harveys Wine Museum opens

1966

The Robinson Building is built

1969

Bristol Polytechnic is founded

1973

Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral is built

1977

Royal Portbury Dock is built

1978

Bristol Industrial Museum opens

1982

Watershed Media Centre opens

1991

Galleries Shopping Centre opens

2000

The Bristol Centre opens

2002

The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum opens

A History of Bristol

A Timeline of Bath

A Timeline of Bridgwater

A Timeline of Taunton

A Timeline of Frome

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