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On my way way to Brandon Hill I passed through Great George Street (pic 1) to see the Georgian House, an old building that was built in 1791 for John Pinney, a wealthy merchant from India. The architecture was William Paty (1758-1800) that built several other buildings in Bristol like Christ Church with St Ewen etc

The house is a museum now and you can go inside and see how the decoration and furniture was that era. Some rooms are Pinney’s office, the library, dinning and bedrooms and Pinney’s cold water plunge pool. There is also a small exhibition about Pinney’s work (sugar trade) and his slave Pero (he also lived there (after whom Pero's Bridge at the Harbourside is named).
The Georgian House is open Saturday to Wednesday, 10.00-17.00 and there’s no entrance fee. There is no lift inside and also no WC.

Great George Street was quite that morning and we also visited St George’s Bristol (pic 2) because we were surprised of the greek style of it. I though it was just another church till I realized it’s now a venue for concerts with a capacity of 560 people. The Commissioner’s church was built in 1823 by Robert Smirke (1781-1867) in greek revival style (he is famous a designer of many public buildings in classical style like the main block of the British museum). After 1976 the church faced redundancy and turned into a concert hall. You can book tickets at 08454024001.

Address: 7 Great George Street, BS1 5RR
Directions: Just off Park Street, 10’ walk from center

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 27, 2009
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