Brunelís Old Station From Above

A new website has been launched which gives an aerial history of Bristol from the years 1919 to 1953.

On the Britain from Above website you can find photos of The Passenger Shed (also known as Brunelís Old Station) which is the worldís earliest surviving purpose-built Passenger Railway Terminus.

Conceived by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of the Great Western Railway, Brunelís Old Station remains an outstanding monument to beginning of the railway boom in Britain. Having been completed in 1841, it even predates the stunning railway station at London Paddington, which was also designed by Brunel.

Bristol photographs

Brunelís Old Station had to be built outside the medieval wall of the city. The Temple Parish water meadows were an ideal destination as it was also easily accessible for all travellers and there was enough space for this ambitious project. Brunelís Passenger Shed had the largest roof span for a rail building at the time, and was more akin to a cathedral in its scope.

At the time Brunel was addressing problems which had never before been tackled in a British railway building, such as creating a ticket office and stables for horses. But he also made The Passenger Shed an exceptionally attractive piece of architecture, somewhere that the first generation of Ďrail commutersí could appreciate every day.

Of course that tradition continues today as Brunelís Old Station can be booked for everything from conferences and exhibitions. That means that you can hold your Bristol event in an historic and atmospheric building, which is also fully equipped with up-to-date business facilities to make sure that you get maximum return on your meetings.

Brunelís Old Station has Grade 1 listed status and has been nominated as a world heritage site in recognition of its international importance. Contact us today to see how you could make your Bristol event unforgettable.

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