Royal Fort House, Bristol

This fine mansion was built on the site of a major fortification during the English civil war. This mansion was built by James Bridges for Thomas Tyndall, city banker, on a top overlooking the city of Bristol. It is now part of Bristol University but can be viewed from the outside any time. James Bridges revolutionised architecture in Bristol from his arrival in 1757 till he fled in 1763. He rebuilt several churches, Bristol Bridge and did magic tricks. He was the eldest son of Essex carpenter/showman Henry Bridges who built the giant musical clock ‘The  Microcosm’ as described in my book, ‘The Big World of Mr Bridges’ Microcosm’, now on kindle.

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