Goodbye to the Cattle Market Tavern

In May Bristol City Council demolished the Cattle Market Tavern to help make way for the university’s new Temple Quarter campus. Built in 1910, this is not the first time the Tavern was pulled down as it was rebuilt in 1915 when G.W.R. extended Temple Meads over most of the old cattle market. The Cattle Market Tavern won’t be forgotten though. A group of students are currently researching the history of the site and our artists- in-residence will start work soon to help capture stories of the area including those that used to drink at the Cattle Market Tavern.

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  1. The photos of the the Temple Meads Royal Mail sorting office bring back memories. As a young lad at the Bristol Grammar School I knew about the tunnels connecting the sorting office to the platforms of the railway station and, as an undergraduate, of doing a Christmas temp job there in Dec 1955 in the parcel sort section (top floor) with Peter Rawlings, who as a medic student did a free surgery in the midnight break. As a special treat we were allowed to drink part of the contents of a broken sherry bottle accidentally damaged in transit. We knew each other while doing our TA time in the UTC – he had done his service in the RN and I did my service in the Kings African Rifles. We had a wonderful time there.

    I was a commoner paying my own way (hence tending to earn money in the vacations) and thereby a somewhat unusual Bristol student where nearly everybody else was on some form of scholarship or grant aid. Having done Nat Service we were older than most of our fellow undergraduates. Before Nat Service, I had turned down my place(s) at Oxford in favour of the special honours degree course which got me into the Colonial Land Survey Service and exempted me from all but the final exams to become a Chartered Surveyor. My final thesis was based on Geodetic work done on the 30th Arc of Meridian running through East Africa.

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