Piwik Image Tracker

The Bristol Cable

A few photos show the vibrancy of the often-maligned neighbourhood of Southmead.

Photos: Colin Moody

Southmead, in the north of the city, is a product of the effort to clear city centre slums in the 1930s, with another spurt of council housing added post-war. The suburb has had its share of social difficulties and bad press. Decades of deprivation have occasionally erupted into social unrest, such as the two nights of rioting that took place in 1980 just days after the St Pauls riot. Now, government funding cuts risk reversing the significant improvements in the neighbourhood over the last two decades. But there’s much more to Southmead than the headlines – as these photos illustrate.

Katrina's family can be traced back to Southmead area for 70 odd years, and proud of itKatrina’s family can be traced back to Southmead area for 70 odd years, and proud of itRoger and his friends waiting for the pub to openRoger and his friends waiting for the pub to open

Shadow, Lewis and Witch the dogShadow, Lewis and Witch the dog

Spreading the wordSpreading the word

From edition 14, OUT NOW!

front cover of the edition 14thRead more from this edition.

 

Reports Banner Home Page City

No more play: council slashes youth services by 30%

Banner Home Page City Features

Determination and struggle to shake “hangover from the past” in Southmead

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.