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Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol, United Kingdom has a population of over 800,000.  Covering an area of approx. 42 square miles, Bristol is one of the United Kingdom’s historic seaports. Bristol is located about 120 miles (190 km) west of London at the confluence of the Rivers Avon and Frome.  Just west of the city, the Avon flows into the estuary of the River Severn, which itself empties into Bristol Channel of the Atlantic Ocean, about 8 miles to the northwest. Visit this link for more information.

Local industries include the refining of sugar, cocoa and chocolate making, wine bottling, and the making of fine glass (Bristol “blue”), porcelain, and pottery.  The locality’s most notable industry today is aircraft design and construction at Filton.  The construction of the Severn Bridge on the city’s northern outskirts and the completion of the M4 motorway to southern Wales greatly enhanced Bristol’s position as the principal distribution centre of southwestern England. Read about The Underfall Yard here.

Bristol is also an education centre, its schools including Bristol Grammar School, the Cathedral School, and Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, all founded in the 1500s; Colston’s School (1708); and Clifton College, founded in the residential suburb of Clifton in 1862.  The University of Bristol, founded as University College in 1876, was established in 1909.