Portland Square, Bristol
Portland Square ( grid reference ST594737 ) is in the St Pauls area of Bristol. It was laid out in the early 18th century as one of Bristol's first suburbs. Built upon a flat area of ground its central focus of St. Pauls Church. Shortly after construction started a number of the builders involved in the project became bankrupt, leaving much of the Square unfinished. A variety of Georgian architecture designed by Daniel Hague was designed for wealthy occupants, although some has since fallen into disrepair or been converted from residential occupation to offices. It is laid out around a central gardens. The gates and railings of which are a grade II listed building. Edward William Godwin, a famous Victorian architect, lived at Portland Square.

Many of the buildings now have grade I listed building status.
  • Nos.1-6
  • Nos.14-17
  • Nos 18-21
  • Nos 22-28
  • Nos 31-34
  • Nos 7-13
Numbers 11 and 12 have been demolished however a major archeological investigation was undertaken first it showed that site of nos 11-12 Portland Square consisted of two joined structures. On the western side along the street frontage, no. 11 was occupied by a Georgian House, with a courtyard to the rear. In 1877, no. 12 was converted for use as Young and Melrow’s stay factory. Numbers 31 and 32 are on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register and described as being in very bad condition.

Since 2000 a major redevelopment programme has been underway, and it has been designated as a conservation area.


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