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Back in Black: Redcliffe a medieval peripheral


I am very encouraged by the article 'Black Street Boys' outlining the proposals to rebuild the Redcliffe area of Bristol (AJ 6.11.03), but I must point out that Redcliffe was never 'the historic core of Bristol', as Rob Gregory wrote. Redcliffe was a medieval suburb, equivalent to Southwark or Bermondsey, downstream from the original river crossing at Bristol Bridge (the local equivalent of London Bridge). In Victorian times the area developed for warehouses and small factories, some of which still survive (I hope) in Redcliffe Street nearby.

In medieval times, Redcliffe prospered particularly from maritime trade, hence its magnificent parish church.

David W Lloyd, Harlow

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