Pero's Bridge St Augustine's reach Bristol

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    Pedestrian bascule bridge that spans St Augustine's Reach in Bristol Harbour.

    Composed of three spans, the outer two are fixed and the central section can be raised to allow tall boats to pass along the floating harbour. The pair of horn-shaped sculptures act as counterweights for the lifting section.

    The Bridge is named after Pero Jones, an enslaved African who came to live in Bristol. In 1765, at the age of just 12, Pero Jones was bought by wealthy slave plantation owner and sugar merchant, John Pinney, to work on his plantation in Nevis. In 1784 he accompanied the Pinney family in their move from Nevis to Bristol, Pero was personal servant to John Pinney and served for 32 years. The bridge was named in commemoration of one slave who lived and died in the city.

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    vintage vix - Everything is a miracle, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. rustyruth1959 56 months ago | reply

      Don't think I've ever seen anything like those horns before. Interesting history too, thanks Gillie.

    2. crafty1tutu (Ann) 56 months ago | reply

      It is a very interesting bridge Gillie.

    3. Pink-Kat (Kate) 56 months ago | reply

      Woow Gillie, such a busy place! An awesome photo of the area and wonderfully taken too!

    4. LeapFrog (Art) 56 months ago | reply

      Excellent waterfront development Gillie ... gotta love those two ears sticking up ... LOL ... a terrific shot of the area!!

    5. Polyrus 56 months ago | reply

      I enjoyed seeing this busy view and reading your notes Gillie.
      Whether one approves or disapproves of those counter-weights, Bristol should be proud of this bridge. Amsterdam has more than 1200 bridges over their canals but only one 'bascule' bridge (draw bridge).

    6. The Image Den 56 months ago | reply

      I was going to ask if the horns served any useful purpose...but you've covered that in your description I see....did have to google 'Bascule' though.
      Cool looking bridge.

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