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archidave MEMBER May 27, 2007
New changes to this group! I have promoted a few guys (and gals!) to moderator status! congrats you lucky people (or commiserations). Your new moderators are Lusername, Bramblejam, AnalogueAndy and rbrw. I recognise taht i cant give this group as much time as i would like, so please go ahead fellas and make me proud!

Group Description

This pool has been founded to try and draw together all examples of the wonderful construction material familiarly known as "Bristol Black".

For those not familiar with this distinctive building material it is unmistakable! It appears in the form of almost jet black blocks, sometimes almost purple, and often with a vaguely iridescent sheen. It was a by-product from Bristol's Georgian Brass industry. The molten slag from these foundries was compressed in molds to create a rock-hard block, impervious to water. It has been used as material in buildings, formed into shapes as coping for walls, and slag has also been used as a render material, sort of like a monstrous and over sized pebble-dash!

The classic example of this material in use is Arnos Vale's "Black Castle" once referred to by the politician Horace Walpole as "the Devil's Cathedral", and which forms the badge of this pool.

This group invites people to collect any image they know of this material being used. Images need not be pretty or artistic, but the lcation should be clearly identified in the title or description.

A study of this material has never been attempted before!!! We are the first! :-D

So help us document one of Bristol's most curious creations.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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