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How has Bristol become a city of so many contrasts?
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Bristol: City on the Edge by Tim Mowl

Bristol is a port that set out, a long while ago, to forget the sea. It has a harbour with miles of picturesque quaysides. Half the city's streets have glimpses of water yet it lies comfortably inland, protected by wooded hills, sprawling in linear charm along five miles of dramatic valley topography. While neighbouring Bath sets its classical terraces primly on a slope, Bristol's Clifton throws its adventurously styled terraces around the neck of precipices and wild woodlands to achieve that ultimate paradox of Classicism fusing into Romanticism. Add to that two cathedral-sized churches of outstanding beauty. While the vile profits of Bristol's infamous 18th-century slave trade resulted in enchantingly figurative Rococo interiors, a surge of 19th-century wealth endowed the city with a financial quarter of an eclectic brilliance. The second mystery might explain the first. For a thousand years Bristol has been badly governed. In every age, out of greed or plain stupidity, Bristolians have made the wrong decisions in developing their city, yet art and architecture have rioted in the resultant thousand errors. The aim of this book is to illustrate those errors and attempt to account for the paradox.

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Bristol Reviews

A beautiful coffee table book perfect for anyone who loves Bristol... Stunning photography... Fascinating commentary... this book offers a fascinating insight into our vibrant city. Bristol Magazine

About Tim Mowl

Dr Timothy Mowl is Reader in Architectural and Garden History at Bristol University and Co-director of its MA in Garden History. His many publications include major biographies of Horace Walpole, William Beckford and, most recently, William Kent. To visit Timothy Mowl's website click here Neill Menneer has been a freelance photographer since 1980 when he won the Observer Photographic Competition. He has had several exhibitions, including, most recently, 'Portraits of the People', which formed part of the 2002 Bath International Music Festival. He has used many of his imaginative and idiosyncratic images of Bath to produce a series of postcards and calendars.

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Bristol: City on the Edge by Tim Mowl
Tim Mowl
Used - Very Good
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
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