The Cut – The New Course of the Avon from 1809 – Temple Meads


The Cut – The New Course of the Avon from 1809

Opening of Great Western Railway Bristol -Bath 1840 London 1841
Bristol to Bath railway opened 1840 and 1841 to London
Bristol to Exeter mail train
Train from Exeter brings mail to Bristol about 1844 –  The Clifton Suspension Bridge anticipated by the artist!
Bath Road Bridge fell down 20 March 1855
Hills Bridge fell down like a pack of cards after being hit by the 180 ton coal barge ‘John’ on 22 March 1855 – Reece Winstone
Halls Bridge 1855 Reece Winstone
Hills Bridge rebuilt after the 1855 accident viewed from West – Reece Winstone

The coal barge John collided with the bridge causing it to collapse – two were killed.

Bath Road Bridge c1905 Bristol Archives
Bath Rail from West
Bath Road Bridge from West 1956 RW
Doubling of Bath Road Bridge in 1959 – RW
PBAN2731 Drag boat BD6 at work behind Temple Meads station. Ship Shape March 1962.
Bath Road and Rail Bridges 2
Bath Road and Rail Bridges 2016

The rail bridge had been built in 1839 and was designed by IK Brunel.

Bath Road and Rail Bridges
Additional Bath Road Bridge opened in 1960
Cattle Market Rail Bridge from East 2019
Brock Bridge from Cattle Market Road