Sweet History landmark (photo)

Commercial Rooms

Address: 43-45 Corn Street, BS1 1HT

Date: Georgian period (1714-1837)

The Commercial Rooms were built in 1810 by Charles Busby, three years after the abolition of the slave trade in Britain in 1807. It replaced a well-known coffee house on the same site and it was designed to be a new centre for Bristol businessmen. It housed a merchants club, and the weather vane on the roof helped the merchants estimate the arrival times of their ships. At the top of the building there are three statues which represent Bristol, Commerce and Navigation.

It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building.

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