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Britain By Car - A Motoring History


An important city in South West England, Bristol’s history has been shaped by its location as a port on the River Avon.

In the 18th century it was a centre of the Atlantic slave trade, but later developed as an engineering centre through the work of such figures as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, chief engineer for the Great Western Railway line between Bristol and London and designer of the SS Great Britain, at the time the longest passenger ship in the world.

Bristol was also the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, on whom Daniel Defoe based the character of Robinson Crusoe, and the location for the UK-based construction of Concorde, the Anglo-French supersonic airliner, built at the BAC works at Filton.

Bristol Cars Ltd.

Derived from, and originally part of, the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Bristol Cars has been defined almost throughout its entire history by its link to the aircraft industry.

Bristol Cars Ltd, Filton, Bristol and Patchway Trading Estate, Bristol BS12 5TB.  The Bristol Cars Filton office and factory have been demolished; in 2019, the Shield Retail Centre (Gloucester Rd North, close to the Filton Roundabout, Bristol, BS34 7BR) stood on the site.

Filton: 1947 - 1985; Patchway Trading Estate: 1985 - 2011.

Avon locations