Portland Square, Bristol


Portland Square, Bristol

infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Portland Square
latitude= 51.4615
longitude= -2.5861
map_type=Bristol
civil_parish=
population =
unitary_england= Bristol
lieutenancy_england= Bristol
region= South West England
constituency_westminster= Bristol East
post_town= BRISTOL|postcode_district = BS
postcode_area= BS|dial_code= 0117
os_grid_reference= ST596742

Portland Square (gbmapping|ST594737) is in the St Pauls area of Bristol.

It was laid out in the early 18th century as one of Bristol's first suburbs. Built upon a flat area of ground its central focus of St. Pauls Church. Shortly after construction started a number of the builders involved in the project became bankrupt, leaving much of the Square unfinished.

A variety of Georgian architecture designed by Daniel Hague was designed for wealthy occupants, although some has since fallen into disrepair or been converted from residential occupation to offices. It is laid out around a central gardens. The gates and railings of which are a grade II listed building. [cite web | title=Gates and railings round Portland Square gardens | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=380193 | accessdate=2007-02-22]

Edward William Godwin, a famous Victorian architect, lived at Portland Square.

Architecture

Many of the buildings now have grade I listed building status.
* Nos.1-6 [cite web | title=Nos.1-6 (Consecutive) and attached area railings | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=380184 | accessdate=2007-02-22]
* Nos.14-17 [cite web | title=Nos.14-17 (Consecutive) and attached area railings | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=380186 | accessdate=2007-02-22]
* Nos 18-21 [cite web | title=Nos.18-21 (Consecutive) and attached area railings | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=380187 | accessdate=2007-02-22]
* Nos 22-28 [cite web | title=Nos.22-28 (Consecutive) and attached area railings | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=380188 | accessdate=2007-02-22]
* Nos 31-34 [cite web | title=Nos.31-34 (Consecutive) and attached area railings | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=380189 | accessdate=2007-02-22]
* Nos 7-13 [cite web | title=Nos.31-34 (Consecutive) and attached area railings | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=380185 | accessdate=2007-02-22]

Numbers 11 and 12 have been demolished however a major archeological investigation was undertaken first it showed that site of nos 11-12 Portland Square consisted of two joined structures. On the western side along the street frontage, no. 11 was occupied by a Georgian House, with a courtyard to the rear. In 1877, no. 12 was converted for use as Young and Melrow’s stay factory. [cite web | title=11-12 Portland Square | work=Cotswold Archeology | url=http://www.cotswoldarch.org.uk/annual_review_2002/portland_sq.htm | accessdate=2007-02-22]

Numbers 31 and 32 are on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register and described as being in very bad condition. [cite web | title=31 and 32 Portland Square, Portland Squaret | work=English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register | url=http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/ConBar.4729 | accessdate=2007-05-10]

Redevelopment

Since 2000 a major redevelopment programme has been underway, and it has been designated as a conservation area. [cite web | title=Portland Square | work=Bristol City Council | url=http://www.bristol.gov.uk/ccm/cms-service/download/asset/?asset_id=14657126 | accessdate=2007-02-22]

References

External links

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