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Bristol is now England’s sixth largest city, with a population of over 400,000. Situated at the mouth of the River Avon on the Bristol Channel with the Mendip hills and Exmoor to the south, Bristol was once England’s second city, before the rise of Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle during the Industrial Revolution in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Bristol’s early growth and prosperity was due to its importance as a port and its trading links with the Americas. Its more recent economy has been based on the Aerospace industry and it is also an important cultural and educational centre, yet the Floating Harbour remains the focus of city life. Bristol city is linked by an excellent motorway network, to the east by the M4 and to the south and north by the M5, and served by two railway stations and its own Bristol International Airport. The map below shows the features of the city, its streets and houses as they were in the middle of last century. Click on a selected area of the map to see an enlargement.

 Bristol city map

Map of Bristol

Old map of the city of Bristol circa 1950

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Bristol Map

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