Sweet History landmark (photo)

Queen Square

Date: Georgian period (1714-1837)

Queen Square was built in 1727 when Bristol’s involvement with the slave trade was at its height.

Queen Square used to be a popular place to live for rich merchants and traders. In 1775 seven merchants who traded with Africa, one merchant in the West Indian trade, and a firm of tobacco merchants from Virginia in North America, all lived in the Square.

Only a few of the original buildings can still be seen today. Many others were destroyed during the Bristol Riots in 1831 and during the bombing Blitz of WW2.

By the early 19th century many merchants left the Square to go and live up on the hill above the port in Clifton, where they were away from the bad smells and flooding of the harbour area.

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