Sweet History landmark (photo)

The Custom House

Address: Queen Square, BS1

Date: Georgian (1714-1837)

The original Custom House on this site was built in 1711 but was destroyed during the Bristol Riots in 1831. A Custom House is the building used to collect taxes on goods coming into a port. These taxes are then passed onto the local and national Government. Ships involved in the trade with Africa would have had to pay taxes here. Local ship owners didn’t like having to pay the taxes as it meant they made less profit from their trading businesses. The Custom House that now stands in Queen Square was built after the 1831 riots.

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