Princes Wharf


Princes Wharf Sign

Wapping Dockyards – Nicholas Pocock 1760 – Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Launch of SS Great Western 19th July 1837 – Wilde Parsons c1920  – Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

The SS Great Western was designed by IK Brunel and built by shipbuilder William Paterson at a shipyard on Wapping Wharf from 1836.

The prospectus of the Great Western Steamship Company of Bristol, stated that the ambition was the ‘establishment of regular lines of steamships between Bristol and those Western Ports to which her geographical position renders her most eligible, the first to be directed towards the United States of America.’

At the time she was the largest steamship in the world and her maiden voyage from Bristol to New York was on 8th April 1838.

The Great Western – R and AW Reeve c1840 – National Maritime Museum
Prince Street Bridge in 1856 from Cannons Marsh Reece Winstone
Prince Street  foot Drawbridge from Cannons Marsh in 1856 – Reece Winstone

Princes Wharf was created in circa 1870 by covering over shipyards including Wapping Dockyard which had been built in 1742.

Prince Street Drawbridge c1872 Bristol Museum
Prince Street Drawbridge 1872  -Bristol Museum

Prince Street Drawbridge was built in 1809 and replaced in 1878 with a swing bridge.

PBAP3127 c1898 The Naval screw corvette HMS “Cleopatra” moored by the Bush Warehouse.

A grain elevator rises from the top of the warehouse, with grain pipes descending diagonally to the various floors. Prince Street Bridge can be seen to the right of the photograph.

Princes Wharf 1921
Princes Wharf and Bathurst Basin 1921
Corporation Granary Princes Wharf built 1888 and bombed 1941
Bristol Corporation Granary Princes Wharf in 1938 built 1888 bombed 1941
Princes Wharf
M Shed Princes Wharf and The Matthew
Prince Street Bridge from Narrow Quay 2018
Prince Street Bridge from Narrow Quay 2018
Princes Wharf 2019