Bristol Record Office

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Bristol Record Office holds all archives for the City of Bristol plus some records for the former County of Avon.

Authority Bristol City Council
Location Record Office, B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Worcester BS1 6XN. See map
Website [1]
Membership/ID None. Just turn up and go.
Photocopy policy 70p per A3 sheet from aperture card reader.
Camera policy Permissive, form to be completed. £5 per day.


What is held here

Items created by or regarding the City of Bristol, former County of Avon plus some records for Somerset and Gloucestershire.

How to use it

The Record Office is situated in the Create Centre which is adjacent to the Ashton Gate junction. There are several PC's with access to the online catalogue. Document request forms need to be completed and placed in a tray. Documents are produced on demand with no formal production times. Most of the road plans are on aperture cards and according to the staff they are stored in the same location so they are willing to produce several at once.

Items found here

(mostly on aperture cards)

  • Detailed plans for the Inner and Outer Circuit Roads
  • Detailed plans for the complete M32 within the city boundary, including the unbuilt section near the city centre
  • Plans for the A4174 ring road, including earlier abandoned proposals
  • Plans for other smaller road schemes in the city