The Bonded Warehouses

The old bonded warehouses from Cabot TowerDigging around, I came across this photo of the old bonded warehouses on the Harbourside, now the site of the Lloyds TSB HQ. The photo was taken from the top of Cabot Tower at some time in the early 1980s, not long before they were demolished in spectacular fashion. Cabot Tower is under repair at the moment. When it reopens, I will try and get a new version of the scene.

(This is a scan from a 35mm slide, so it may look a little odd.)


Bristol Byzantine

It’s been a lovely, sunny day andI have a new camera (a Sony NEX-5, since you ask) so what better way to use both than to go out and take some photos.

The Bristol Byzantine style was popular from about 1850 to 1880 and saw Byzantine and Moorish influences applied to mostly industrial buildings. Some good examples remain – such as the Colston Hall, Granary and Brown’s Restaurant – but a lot have been demolished over the years.

For more examples of the Bristol Byzantine style, see my set on Flickr.


Walk around any city and you will see its history before you: there is a prosperous merchant’s house, there is a fortress, there is a church, a school, an old coaching inn. Bristol, in the UK, is no different.

In this blog, I would like to introduce you to my home town through a series of short photo essays describing one aspect of its architectural heritage. These essays will appear roughly once a month, though I will also pop in shorter posts as I come across bits and pieces of interest.

Just to let you know: I am not an architect, and I am not a historian. I am, however, a Bristolian who likes to stroll around with his eyes open and a camera.

I hope you enjoy strolling with me.

Mike Farmer