Bristol’s home of in-depth journalism
Powered by 2,000+ members
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.

 

Support the journalism Bristol needs.

Thanks to the 2,000+ members who support the Cable, our in-depth journalism is free for everyone. Together, we empower readers with independent and investigative local reporting. Join us and be a part of Bristol’s reader-owned media cooperative.

Join the Cable

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Your email address will not be published.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.

Film Black History Month Edition 23 Banner Home Page

Watch: Vulnerability, escapism and creativity, my experiences of lockdown as a young Bristolian

City Banner Home Page Film

Watch: The struggle for the future of Britain’s best street

Banner Home Page Film

Watch: Resilience – An uplifting story of young mums on one of the UK’s oldest council estates

Features Solutions In Bristol

Grub’s up: the projects tackling food poverty and social isolation

Podcast

Listen: When football meets anti-fascism – The Easton Cowgirls and Cowboys

Housing Bristol Edition 20 Banner Home Page

Some locals are financially benefiting from gentrification in St Pauls. But at a cost.

In Bristol

The essential round-up

Sent to your inbox every Friday