Once a sleepy rural community bordering the fields of North Somerset, the ancient Royal Manor of Bedminster spread along the banks of the River Avon, south of the City of Bristol. Today, this area comprises the vibrant suburbs of Totterdown, Windmill Hill, Bedminster itself, Southville and Ashton. The last 200 years have seen dramatic changes occur, as poor workers from the countryside flocked to this area in search of employment. With the help of before and after photographs a real sense of that change emerges; we see where local people lived and worked, and how they relaxed. Many of the shops, churches, pubs and factories have disappeared and the modern photographs show their replacements. Daily life has also altered - trams and horse carts have disappeared, but the vitality and community spirit is still in full view.
Will Musgrave is an archaeology graduate from the University of Bristol. He has co-written two horticultural history books with his brother: The Plant Hunters and An Empire of Plants, as well as Clifton Through Time with Amberley (2012), and is also currently working on Redland, Cotham & Kingsdown Through Time, which will be published later this year. Will is a keen historian and amateur photographer, and combines these passions with his love of travel. He lives in Bristol where he was born and brought up.