Bristol Streets and Places  A to D


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Aylward Street Renamed as The Pithay in medieval times. Originally named after Aylward who was warder of Bristol Castle in 930AD1
Baldwin Street Once the outer ditch of the City.  It was originally called Balderwynne Street, supposed to be named in honour of  the Queen of William 1 whose father was Baldwin Earl of Flanders1
Barrs Lane Is mentioned in 1129 beside which was a "pound" and two great barns1
Barton, The The Barton farm is mentioned as early as 1086 in Doomsday1
Bath Street Opened in 17921
Bell Lane Unknown origin. shown on Millerd's map 1671
Blackboy Hill Named after the Black Boy Inn which stood there - this Inn was demolished in 1874.
Bridge Street  
Broadmead Once a spacious meadow from whence it is supposed by some to have derived its name; others assert that it received its nomenclature from the appellation given to the cloth (brodmedes) made upon this spot in the middle ages.1  
Broad Street One of the original thoroughfares of the City with the gateway and church of St John at the far end.1
Broad Quay In the 13th century this was a new quay created when the Frome was diverted but the Frome was culverted when the tramway centre was created.
Broad Weir When the second wall of the City was built the Jews built themselves houses here.This was the place where a weir allowed the castle moat to overflow into the river Frome.
Brunswick Square Built in 1788.  It's area is 1 acre and 36 perches.1  
Callowhill Street Was named after Thomas Callowhill, a Bristol merchant.He was a draper who built the old Hotwell house in 1696 - his daughter married William Penn.2
Castle Mill Street Here stood the castle mill driven by water which passed from the adjacent mill pond on Broad Weir into the river Frome.1  
Castle Precincts A name given to the urban area which developed on the land of Bristol Castle which was demolished after the Civil War 
Castle Street Was built upon the site and with the ruins of the old Castle when it was demolished 1654-66.1
Centre, The In the late 19th century the tramway centre was created here and the river Frome was culverted.
Christmas Street Traditionally said to have derived from 'Knifesmith street so called because cutlers had their premises in the street.
Clare Street Opened in 1770 and was so named from Nugent Lord Clare, who represented the City in Parliament at that time1 (1754-74).
College Street Adjacent to College Green which was associated with the Cathedral college school
Corn Street This was the site of the Corn Market in Bristol since pre-Norman times.
Counterslip A corruption of Countess's slip.1
Culver Street Occupies the site of the "culver" or pigeon house, belonging to Gaunt's Hospital.1  
Dighton Street Building here Commenced in 1755; a compliment to the Dighton family, several of whom were interred in St James' churchyard.The Dightons were brewers. 
Dolphin Street Formerly Defence Lane, took its name from the Dolphin Inn which once stood there (in the large room of this Inn, the early Bristol Baptists held their meetings).1
Duke Street King square, was formerly known as Brick-kiln Lane.1

1. Arrowsmith' s Dictionary of Bristol 1884 by Henry J Spear & J.W. Arrowsmith

2. Annals of Bristol by John Latimer 1887  

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