The Story of Bristol is a compact, well-illustrated and wide-ranging one thousand year history of the city John Betjeman preferred to Bath and which he famously described as the finest in England.
It tells the always fascinating, sometimes turbulent, story of Bristol from its earliest beginning and its growth as a trading and maritime force, to become second only to London. John Cabot and others sailed from here, on voyages of discovery which put Bristol in the forefront of the nation's affairs. The engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel features prominently, creating the Great Western Railway, building great ships in Bristol and designing the elegant Clifton Suspension Bridge.
We see the rise and fall of Bristol's traditional industries, notably tobacco, and the rise of new enterprises, leading ultimately, as the new millennium approaches, to Bristol's re-emergence as a flourishing, vibrant and great European city.
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