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Part of Bristol city wall 185m west of Bristol Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Central, Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4536 / 51°27'13"N

Longitude: -2.594 / 2°35'38"W

OS Eastings: 358821.8265

OS Northings: 172906.0842

OS Grid: ST588729

Mapcode National: GBR C8K.9R

Mapcode Global: VH88N.0Q0J

Entry Name: Part of Bristol city wall 185m west of Bristol Bridge

Scheduled Date: 12 October 1956

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1006988

English Heritage Legacy ID: BS 117

County: Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Bristol St Stephen with St James and St John the Baptist with St Michael and St George

Church of England Diocese: Bristol


The monument includes part of the medieval stone-built defences of Bristol, situated close to the River Avon in the heart of the current city centre. The town defences survive as a standing stone-built wall, approximately 36m long and 9m high with external arched recesses. The defences date to the 11th to 13th centuries. They were revealed during a Second World War bombing raid on Bristol and are not publically visible or accessible.

Sources: PastScape 1005392

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

This part of Bristol city wall 185m west of Bristol Bridge is a rare survival standing to a good height and exhibiting the external recesses similar, for example to those of the medieval defences of Southampton. The defences were begun in timber in the 11th century and were gradually replaced in stone throughout the circuit of the city during the 11th to 13th centuries. This section of the city wall will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, development, longevity, defensive and strategic significance and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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