View of the City of Bristol, from Clifton Wood. With the effect of the Fires which took place during the Riots on the Night of the 30th, of October, 1831.[In title area underneath specific buildings:] County Gaol. Bishop's Palace. Queen Square. Toll Houses. City Gaol.
Printed by C. Hullmandel. [n.d. c.1832.]
Lithograph. 268 x 310mm. 10½ x 12¼". Trimmed on three sides. Very slight nick on left.
The Bristol Riots of 1831 took place after the House of Lords rejected the second Reform Bill, which aimed to improve the 'rotten boroughs' standards and to give Britain's fast growing industrial towns greater representation in the House of Commons. The riots continued for three days during which the palace of Robert Gray the Bishop of Bristol, the Maniosn House, and private homes and property were looted and destroyed, along with the demolition of much of the gaol. Work on the Clifton Suspension Bridge was halted and Isambard Kingdom Brunel was sworn in as a special constable.
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