To the left is the “Studio“ where the Bristol inventor of cinematography, Friese-Greene, opened his first business in 1880. To the front is a statue of Edward VII, erected in 1912. In the central reservation there’s a memorial to the men of the Gloucester Regiment who lost their lives during the Boer War. On the right is Park Place, a green square overlooked by tastefully restored town houses.
Walk back onto Queen’s Road and cross to the left-hand side, to the Royal Promenade. Further along can be found the City Museum and Art Gallery. Outside is a plaque stating that on “July 26th 1643 Colonel Henry Washington attacked the Parliamentary defenses between Royal Fort and Brandon Hill“.
The Will’s Memorial Building with its 215 foot tower, was built in 1925 and has a ten-ton bell which strikes on the hour.
Cross to Berkeley Square, built in the late eighteenth-century. John Addington Symonds, the Victorian critic, was born at No.7, and John Loudon McAdam lived at No.23. McAdam was the General Surveyor of roads for Bristol and revolutionised the world’s view of road building. His work also added a new word to the dictionary, “macadamised“.In the gardens you will see the “Civic High Cross”. Walk back to Park Street with its views over the city. This may not seem a very long walk, but with so many shops, cafés and restaurants it will take longer than you first imagine.
At the bottom of the hill and on your left is Unity Street, the site of the old Gaunt’s Hospital, now apartments, founded in 1220 by Maurice de Gaunt. In 1717 Orchard Street was built in the orchard of the hospital. Many original features have been retained, including door furniture and keystones. Walk on through Denmark Street to Frogmore Street and the Hatchet Inn. The Inn stands isolated now, but once formed part of a row of seventeenth-century timber framed houses dating back to 1606. The Inn has an original door, which is said to be layered with skin. This was a place for gambling and blood sports, such as cockfighting.
Return to College Green via Unity Street and on the left is St. Mark’s Chapel, also known as The Lord Mayor’s Chapel. At the side of the Chapel is a small lane and it is here that you can view the Tower, built in 1487. Back to College Green.