Clifton in Bristol

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Clifton Suspension Bridge during Bristol Balloon Fiesta © panoramio.com - Matt Prosser/cc-by-sa-3.0

Clifton Suspension Bridge during Bristol Balloon Fiesta © panoramio.com – Matt Prosser/cc-by-sa-3.0

Clifton is both a suburb of Bristol, England, and the name of one of the city’s thirty-five council wards. The Clifton ward also includes the areas of Cliftonwood and Hotwells. The eastern part of the suburb lies within the ward of Clifton Down. Parts of Clifton itself are now in the process of being pedestrianised. Notable places in Clifton include Clifton Cathedral, Clifton College, Clifton High School and Clifton Down. Clifton is home to many buildings of the University of Bristol, including Goldney Hall. Notable places in Clifton include Isambard Kingdom Brunel‘s Clifton Suspension Bridge; the Roman Catholic Clifton Cathedral; Christ Church; Clifton College; the former Amberley House preparatory school; Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School, The Clifton Club; and Bristol Zoo.

Clifton is served by Clifton Down railway station on the local Severn Beach railway line, and by frequent bus services from central Bristol. It has road links to the city centre and outer western suburbs, and across the Clifton Suspension Bridge to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. Between 1893 and 1934, it was connected to Hotwells by the Clifton Rocks Railway. Immediately north of Clifton is Durdham Down, a relatively flat and open area, used for recreation purposes. On the western edge of Clifton is Clifton Down, a less open/more wooded area, adjacent to the gorge.

Although the suburb has no formal boundaries, the name Clifton is generally applied to the high ground stretching from Whiteladies Road in the east to the rim of the Avon Gorge in the west, and from Clifton Down and Durdham Down in the north to Cornwallis Crescent in the south. This area corresponds roughly with the city wards of Clifton and Clifton East, although the former also includes the riverside suburb of Hotwells. Clifton is one of the oldest and most affluent areas of the city, much of it having been built with profits from tobacco and the slave trade. Situated to the west of Bristol city centre, it was at one time a separate settlement but became attached to Bristol by continuous development during the Georgian era and was formally incorporated into the city in the 1830s. Grand houses that required many servants were built in the area. Although some were detached or semi-detached properties, the bulk were built as terraces, many with three or more floors. One famous terrace is the majestic Royal York Crescent, visible from the Avon Gorge below and looking across the Bristol docks. Berkeley Square and Berkeley Crescent, which were built around 1790, are examples of Georgian architecture. Secluded squares include the triangular Canynge Square. The Whiteladies Picture House on Whiteladies Road was converted into offices and a gymnasium in 2001 but it was re-opened as a cinema by Everyman Cinemas in 2016. Clifton Lido was built in 1850 but closed to the public in 1990, it was redeveloped and opened again to the public in November 2008.

© unsplash.com - Larisa Mamonova Chesterfield Buildings © No Swan So Fine/cc-by-sa-4.0 Clifton Suspension Bridge during Bristol Balloon Fiesta © panoramio.com - Matt Prosser/cc-by-sa-3.0 Clifton Suspension Bridge © flickr.com - Kristoffer Trolle/cc-by-2.0 Bristol-Clifton_Suspension_Bridge-Gothick-cc-by-sa-3.0 Trimore (left) and Eaton House (right) © geograph.co.uk - Derek Harper/cc-by-sa-2.0 Caledonia Mews © panoramio.com - Robert Powell/cc-by-sa-3.0 © No Swan So Fine/cc-by-sa-4.0 Royal Promanade © No Swan So Fine/cc-by-sa-4.0 Houses in Cliftonwood and Hotwells, with Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower in the background © Steve Gregory/cc-by-sa-2.5 Relaxing in Clifton © flickr.com - Adrian Scottow/cc-by-sa-2.0 Worcester Terrace © No Swan So Fine/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Houses in Cliftonwood and Hotwells, with Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower in the background © Steve Gregory/cc-by-sa-2.5
Cliftonwood is bounded approximately by the Hotwell Road to the south, Jacob’s Wells Road and Constitution Hill to the East and North East, Clifton Vale to the West, and by the gardens of Goldney Hall, a University of Bristol hall of residence, to the north. Due to the geography of the area, there are only two roads in and out: Ambra Vale in the south-west corner, and Clifton Wood Road in the north-east, though there are many footpaths. On some sources the area is spelled Cliftonwood (one word), and in some Clifton Wood (two words). The suburb is primarily a residential area, with the only commercial premises being the Lion pub. Housing is largely large Victorian terraces, which are often painted bright colours – the coloured houses one can see when standing on Bristol’s harbourside and looking up at Cliftonwood are the backs of houses on Ambrose Road and Clifton Wood Terrace.

Hotwells is located to the south of and below the high ground of Clifton, and directly to the north of the Floating Harbour. The southern entrance to the Avon Gorge, which connects those docks to the sea, lies at the western end of Hotwells. Bristol Cathedral is situated at the eastern end of Hotwells, adjacent to The Council House and College Green. Hotwells forms part of the city ward of Clifton.

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