The Cut – The New Course of the Avon from 1809 – Spike Island


Spike Island

“The land roughly resembles a hand-made ‘spike’, the term used for stout iron nails at least four inches long used in shipbuilding and in war to ‘spike the enemy’s guns’ by blocking the touch-ho;le of a cannon.” – Paul Elkin – Images of Maritime Bristol

New Goal was commissioned in 1816 – only the gate house on Cumberland Road remains

New Gaol 1880s RW
New Gaol in 1880s – Reece Winstone
New Gaol & Bristol Cut at Southville C1890 – Bristol Archives
John Payne’s Bedminster Shipyard

John Payne shipyard operated on the Cut 1859 – 1924.

Tug from John Payne shipyard heading down river – Bristol Museums York Collection 3672

Bedminster Shipyard

Wapping Wharf development preserving New Goal Gateway 2019
Demolishing Gaol Cumberland Road 1898 R W
Demolishing the New Gaol at Wapping 1898 – Reece Winstone

In 1895, the New Gaol was sold to The Great Western Railway. Most of the buildings were demolished and replaced with a coal yard and railway sidings.

Railway alongside Cumberland Road 1957
West from Vauxhall Bridge 2019
West from Vauxhall Bridge 2019
Chocolate Path Collapse Jan 2020
East from Vauxhall Bridge 2019
East from Vauxhall Bridge 2019
Vauxhall Bridge Old 2
Vauxhall Bridge was built in 1900 to replace the ferry. In this picture it is closed to shipping.

There is still a plaque on the bridge in 2019 saying it was built by Lysaght Ltd Engineers Bristol in 1900.

Vauxhall Bridge Old
Vauxhall Bridge Open – Bristol Museums – 1910
Gaol Ferry 1931 - RW
Gaol Ferry C 1930 – Reece Winstone
goal ferry 1934 - reece winston
Goal Ferry 1934 – Reece Winstone
starting work on goal ferry bridge 1935 rw
Starting work on Gaol Ferry Bridge 1935 – Reece Winstone
construction of goal ferry bridge 1935 rw
Constructing Gaol Ferry Bridge in 1935 – Reece Winstone
Gaol Ferry Bridge construction 1935 Corporation Granary in background – Bristol Museums 12698
Golferry Bridge Old
Gaolferry Bridge Built in 1935 to replace the ferry which had operated there since 1838.
Gaolferry Landing on Southville side 2019

Gaolferry Bridge from Southville-2019
Goalferry Bridge 2018
Gaolferry Bridge 2018

Goalferry Bridge from West
Gaolferry Bridge from the West
Gaolferry (Southville) Bridge
View from Bedminster Bridge Old
View West from Bedminster Bridge before the 1930s