The Matthew moored in Bristol harbour

History of Bristol

Bristol has a rich and eventful history stretching back over many centuries...

Date Details
c.950 Bristol grows into a busy market town
1140 St Augustine's Abbey is founded (and later becomes known as Bristol Cathedral)
1216 First Bristol mayor is appointed
1373 King Edward III grants Bristol county status
1497 John Cabot sails out of Bristol to try and discover a new route to Asia and discovers Newfoundland
1595 Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers' Navigation School formed, an important moment in UWE Bristol's history
1809 Bristol Floating Harbour opens
1836 Bristol Zoological Gardens opens
1843 The ss Great Britain is launched
1864 Clifton Suspension Bridge opens
1897 Cabot Tower is built high on top of Brandon Hill to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's voyage to Newfoundland
1910 Bristol Aeroplane Company is founded at Filton
1967 St Paul's Carnival is held for the first time
1969 Concorde makes its maiden flight from Filton
1970 The ss Great Britain returns home to Bristol for the last time
1997 Local artist Banksy paints his first major mural 
2002 Bristol shortlisted for European Capital of Culture
2003 Concorde makes its last ever flight to Filton
2008 Bristol becomes the UK's first Cycling City and is shortlisted for European Capital of Culture
2009 Bristol is named 'European City of the Year'
2010 Bristol is named 'Britain's most musical city'
2013 Bristol is ranked as the best city to live in the UK
2014 Bristol is awarded title of European Green Capital for 2015

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