This City Journal is a fictional one but based on my home city, Bristol, in the United Kingdom. I have done a few in the past but have lost them all due to computer crashes but I now have a much better computer and it is very easy to backup so no losses! By comparison it is totally different but I have sculpted the region like that of the Bristol & Avonmouth region in real life. Street names and places will have the same names and so will surrounding towns and villages but ultimately, it is quite different by eye. Hope you enjoy!
Bristol is a city and county in itself, situated 8 miles inland from the Severn Estuary in Southwest England. With a city population of 1,006,600 and an urban population of over 3 million, it is the 3rd largest city in England after London and Birmingham.
It received a Royal Charter in 1155 and was granted County status in 1373. Bristol grew extensively during the 1400s but a lot of the original city centre burned down in 1604 commune. Due to the predominant timber-framing of buildings, an extensive bonfire resulted! As such, money was invested into constructing solid buildings of grandeur and style from the mid 1620s onwards, Bristol having served as a searing pit for long enough. Construction boomed after this date. Bristol fell under Spanish rule very briefly during the 1650s before returning to British rule, then the Dutch took hold. This period lasted from 1700-1756, followed by French rule from 1756-1834. The reason - trade! Bristol used to a bustling port and inland harbour. The inland harbour has since gone and the river passages have remained. The port is now situated at the town of Avonmouth, where the city's River Avon enters the Severn Estaury. Bristol then fell into British hands once more and has remained so since.
Bristol managed to avoid World War One altogether with air raids tending to be concentrated in the east of the country. World War Two however proved a much more active affair. Parts of the city centre were bombed during the November 1940 Blitz while much of the Old City survived unscathed. This is reflected in the city's architecture in particular where blitzed areas such as Temple Avenue went through a Manhattanisation in the late 1940s and 1950s. Since then, Bristol has prospered in the commercial, financial and cultural sectors. Tourism is becoming more popular and the city continues to grow and publicise worldwide.
Bristol is located in the southwest of England. It sits on the River Avon and is only 8 miles inland from the coastline of the Severn Estuary. The local stone is reflected in the buildingwork around the city as sandstone is particularly common. However the Mendip Mountains and other areas south of the city consist of limestone. The city has a continental climate with oceanic influences. This results in warm or hot, dry summers; cold and relatively dry winters with wetter springs and autumns as the more active jet stream brings depressions in from the sea.
Bristol Climate Graph, Copyright Bristol Meteorological Office 2000