ST5872 : King Street, Bristol

taken 1 year ago, near to Bristol, Great Britain

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King Street, Bristol
King Street, Bristol
These Grade II* listed “Merchant Venturers Almshouses” are now overshadowed and almost completely hemmed in by modern buildings. They were built c.1696 by the Society of Merchant Venturers for sailors who were either elderly or convalescing. Although originally built around a quadrangle, bombing and road realignment have left them as seen here. There was once at Merchants’ Hall too but this was destroyed in the Bristol Blitz of WWII. The ten apartments therein are now privately owned. The poem on the wall plaque reads:

"Freed from all storms the tempest and the rage
Of billows, here we spend our age.
Our weather beaten vessels here repair
And from the Merchants' kind and generous care
Find harbour here; no more we put to sea
Until we launch into Eternity.
And lest our Widows whom we leave behind
Should want relief, they too a shelter find.
Thus all our anxious cares and sorrows cease
Whilst our kind Guardians turn our toils to ease.
May they be with an endless Sabbath blest
Who have afforded unto us this rest."
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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 15 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  City, Town centre 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5870 7270 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:27.1060N 2:35.7444W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5870 7269
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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