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10 facts you did not know about Clifton

  1. Princess Eugenie lived at Number 2 Royal York Crescent when she came to Bristol to study fashion. She then went on to become the Empress Eugenie of France and wife of Napoleon III. The property is now aptly named “Eugenie”.

    Numbr 2, Royal York Crescent in Clifton, Bristol

  2. The address 13 Royal York Crescent does not actually exist. It is known as 12A in agreement with a previously superstitious owner.Property keys

  3. A 22 year old lady call Sarah Henley jumped off Clifton Suspension Bridge in 1885. However, her skirt acted as a parachute and actually glided her down to safety. She then went on to live until her mid-eighties! 

  4. On 12th February 2014 the Suspension Bridge closed for one day. This is the first time in recorded history that the bridge has closed due to wind.

  5. In 1829, Isambard Kingdom Brunel landed his job as Project Manager when he was 23 years old after having won a competition which was launched to see who could design the best bridge. Image sourceClifton Suspension Bridge being built

     

  6. Isambard Kingdom Brunel never saw the Clifton Suspension Bridge finished as he died before it was completed.

  7. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer

  8. Bristol Zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in the world having been open since 1836!Bristol Zoo, near Clifton Downs, is the fifth oldest zoo in the world

  9. The Bristol Lido is one of the oldest fully functioning Lidos in the UK. The Bristol Lido first opened its doors in 1849. Image SourceBristol Lido opened in Clifton in 1849

  10. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School was opened by Sir Laurence Olivier in 1946 and taught great actors such as Jeremy Irons, Mark Strong and Patrick Stewart. Image sourceBristol's Old Vic Theatre School opened its doors to students in 1946

  11. The Avon Gorge, near Clifton is one of the most important botanical sites in the UK. The gorge has 27 incredibly rare plants and is home to some specimens of tree that are not found anywhere else in the entire world. Rare breeds of bats and falcons are also frequently spotted at the gorge. The native Bristol Onion is pictured below. Image sourceNative Bristol Onion found in the Avon Gorge

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