The History of Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road, is a part of the A38 which was built all the way back in 1817. St. Andrews, Bishopston and Horfield make up this part of North Bristol. Originally it was called Horfield Road, but that was then. Gloucester Road is now a popular up and coming part of Bristol’s fine city. It is also regarded as one of the more bohemian areas and is a popular area for the art, music and film.

The bottom and start of Gloucester Road is at the junction of  Cheltenham Road, Zetland Road and Elton Road, just up the road from the Arches. Maplin electronics is the first shop officially on the road and they trade at 1-3 Gloucester Road.

Gloucester Road Historical Photo Gallery

Local historian Paul Townsend has kindly given us permission to use some of his photographs relating to Gloucester Road. You can see more of Paul’s collection of Bristol photography at Paul’s website or his flicker account. Many thanks to Paul from everyone at

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