Archive for history

::: st george (bristol 5)

Posted in bs5 with tags , , on February 5, 2011 by kochy

st george was originally outside the city boundary until about 1860

the area was once the end of the tram line from the city of bristol, the terminus being in beaconsfield road

st. george was once a mining area but now only pit names remain to remind everyone of this district’s mining history ie deep pit road

::: nice – a potted history

Posted in vivez with tags , , , on October 26, 2010 by kochy

the name traces back to the greek ‘nikaia’ (city of victory)

nice has been created and shaped by successive waves of foreigners who occupied the eastern end of the bay of angels facing antibes

the romans had their time in nice (as they did in most of europe)

after their decline and fall, the city became part of provence until 1388

then the savoies of switzerland and northern italy took over

in 1860 a long debated deal was finally struck: napolean III repatriated nice to france in exchange for military help for italy in it’s own creation (vs austria)

mussolini’s italians occupied nice from november 1942

they were replaced by german troops in september 1943

allied forces liberated the city on august 28 1944

::: the harbourside (bristol 1)

Posted in bs1 with tags , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by kochy

bristol grew up on the banks of the rivers avon and frome

since the 13th century, the rivers have been modified for use as docks including the diversion of the river frome in the 1240s into an artificial deep channel known as “saint augustine’s reach”

saint augustine’s reach became the heart of bristol’s docks with its quays and wharfs

the river avon within the gorge, and the river severn into which it flows, has tides which fluctuate about 30 feet (9 m) between high and low water

this means that the river is easily navigable at high-tide but reduced to a muddy channel at low tide in which ships would often run aground

many ships were deliberately stranded in the harbour for unloading, giving rise to the phrase “shipshape and bristol fashion” to describe boats capable of taking the strain of repeatedly being stranded

as early as 1420, vessels from bristol were regularly travelling to iceland

it is speculated that sailors from bristol had made landfall in the americas before christopher columbus or john cabot

much of the harbourside is under redevelopment – a plethera of questionnably styled new build appartments