I was back up in Bristol playing a show on the weekend, and although my time in the city was brief, I managed to grab some photos on my travels:
Bristol Temple Meads railway station has a beautiful curved overall roof.
The station still has an original GWR wooden signpost, which is infinitely clearer and easier to read than the squinty modern equivalent seen to the far left.
In Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon Jenkins, the station was one of only ten to be awarded five stars. I’m rather chuffed to say that one of my photos of Hebden Bridge is included in that book.
Stokes Croft reconstruction.
Stokes Croft shops.
Phone box being overtaken by nature.
We grabbed dinner at the Bristolian Cafe – and it was very nice!
Bristol’s legendary Turbo Island. recently described as ‘The Bermuda Triangle of the South West’
A once green space in a sea of concrete has slowly devolved into a desolate patch of mud, occasionally littered with the odd abandoned mattress or sofa. Regardless of the current state the island may be in, an essence still exists within it that is telling of the Anarchic spirit of the area…
Turbo Island is an area that remains untouched by this rapid gentrification however. The regular setting up of rigs and bonfires represents more than just a social gathering, it represents a maintenance of a value that is under threat.
Full Moon bar.
Walking through Castle Park.
The S-shaped curve of Castle Bridge.
Made from a series of unique curved steel sections topped with timber decking, sculptured cladding and feature lighting, the 91 metre-long bridge is four metres wide and designed to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.
Stokes Croft on a wet night.
The Monochrome Set were playing the Crofters Rights venue in Stokes Croft, a fairly small but lively venue.
My drum kit for the night was this tasty old Ludwig number in a delightful gold sparkle finish, similar to my own Gretsch kit.
I liked this innovative DIY drum microphone protector, which involved strapping a fork over the plastic head.
After the show, we repaired to the Old England pub at 43 Bath Buildings.
A well decorated pub toilet.
Ooo, the intrigue!
Next morning, we were back at Bristol Temple Meads railway station.
Not surprisingly, the station is Grade 1 listed.
One last look at that magnificent train shed before heading back to London.