With beautiful views to Bristol on the road to Bath, Brislington was the place to escape the smelly docks at the beginning of the 1800s. Several houses for wealthy merchants were built along the valley of the Brislington Brook. One of these was the home of George Braikenridge, a fanatical collector of art and antiquities. In the 1820s and 30s he commissioned several artists to record the sites of Bristol and Brislington in watercolours creating one of the city’s best art collections and a valuable historical resource.
As part of the Heritage Schools initiative Local Learning worked with West Town Lane Primary School, visiting the surviving sites of Georgian Brislington. The children became 1820s estate agents promoting the area to prospective wealthy merchants looking to escape to the countryside.