::: college green (bristol 1)

college green is a public open space at the bottom of park st, bristol

it is surrounded by, in brief, the council house (behind a water feature), a busy street also known as college green (with an interesting looking building in the middle: the lord mayor’s chapel, st mark’s church) and bristol cathedral

on the green are statues of queen victoria and raja rammohun roy

originally a small hill north of the avon, separated from brandon hill to the north by a narrow gully, it was enclosed to form the precincts of st augustine’s abbey in the 12th century

after the dissolution the abbey church became bristol cathedral

a plaque near the centre records that the green still belongs to the dean and chapter of the cathedral

from 1733 it was the site of the bristol high cross, honouring various british monarchs

the green is a popular hang out spot, especially over summer, for smokers, picnickers and hulla-hupas of all ages


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