Bedminster – or ‘Bemmy’, as it’s known locally - is an incredibly popular & large inner city area, made up of many different styles of property.
Bursting with History, this once small Roman Somerset market town was described as ‘sprawling and decayed’ until the wealthy land owners sunk the firsts mining shafts in the mid 1700’s at South Liberty Lane. There were eighteen coal-pits operating in the Bedminster by 1800, and it was down to this and its related industries (smelting, tanneries, glue-works, paint & glass factories) that caused the population to sore from 3,000 to 80,000. In the 1880s two major employers moved in - E.S & A Robinsons paper bag manufacturers and W.D & H.O Wills tobacco, casuing the population to overflow to Windmill Hill, Totterdown, Southville, the Chessels and Bedminster Down. During this time, churches, pubs, shops and businesses were built, some of which are still around today. The Georgian areas of Bedminster – famously named the ‘Bedminster Slums’ - were condemned and demolished in 1931. This was the now industrial area between York Road, East Street and Whitehouse Lane. All inhabitants were rehoused within the shiny new council estates of Bedminster and Knowle. Bedminster was also one of the main areas in Bristol that was heavily bombed during the Bristol Blitz.
Nowadays, Bedminster is a trendy, bustling community with an amazing atmosphere. The heart of it, North Street, is a hub of activity with its community events, festivals such as Upfest , independent businesses, eateries and restaurants, or if our looking for the high street shops like your superdrug & your argos, East Street will do the trick!