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College Green, Bristol

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College Green is a public open space in Bristol, England. The Green takes the form of a segment of a circle with its apex pointing east, and covers 1.1ha. The road named College Green forms the north-eastern boundary of the Green, the Bristol Cathedral marks the south side, and City Hall (formerly the Council House) closes the Green in an arc to the north-west.College Green is owned by the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral, and managed by Bristol City Council.HistoryOriginally a small hill north of the River Avon separated from Brandon Hill to the north west by a narrow gully, College Green was enclosed to form the precincts of St Augustine's Abbey (now Bristol Cathedral) in the 12th century. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey became a collegiate church and its precincts thenceforth became known as 'College Green'.The Bristol High Cross was moved here from its original location at the junction of High, Wine, Broad and Corn streets, where it had been considered a traffic hazard, in 1733. In 1762 the Green was levelled and laid out as a raised park with stone boundary walls, railings and formal promenades crossing at its centre. The High Cross was relegated to a corner of the Green, and in 1768 it was given to Henry Hoare for use as a garden ornament at Stourhead, where it can still be seen.
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  • August 18, 2017
    My title tells it all. Just perfect for sitting on a bench watching the world go by whilst eating your sandwiches! It is used throughout the day by every age group - and when it's sunny, you can't fin...  more »
  • July 4, 2017
    One thing I love about Bristol is the street festivals, some of them are held in College Green wich is next to the Cathedral and Council, big enough space for lots of people...  more »
  • July 3, 2017
    I love College Green - when I used to work in nearby offices it was the perfect place to sit and eat lunch, play some games and generally relax. I'd not make a special effort to visit it - there's not...  more »
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  • What can I say, it's a large area of grass in front of the council house filled with students if the weather is good. Oh, there's also a bus stop and a cathedral
  • A beautiful Park area around college buildings. Often supporting public displays such as art pieces or recent remembrance day commemorations. Beautiful place to spend some time relaxing and reading.
  • Very family friendly and the tree there is wonderfully an icon for Photographs!
  • Great location to sit outside the cathedral with a number of places to relax and shops nearby to get refreshment.
  • Amazing views all round, good place to watch the locals do their local thing

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