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These facts about Bristol may just surprise you

There’s a lot of things most people know about Bristol. Wallace and Gromit, Skins and Deal or No Deal is filmed here. Banksy is probably from Bristol and we have the world’s first mayor with red trousers. But here are some other facts about Bristol that you might not have known.

1. Part of Bristol from World War 2 now lives in New York.

2. The “cafe wall illusion” is named after the former cafe at the bottom of St Michael’s Hill.

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3. Chocolate bars were invented in Bristol in what is now the Odeon cinema in Broadmead.

Bristol Chocolate Bar

4. Bristol Airport is actually owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

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5. Peckham’s Nelson Mandela House from Only Fools and Horses is actually behind Ashton Gate.

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6. More only Fools. The famous Batman and Robin scene was filmed in Broadmead.

 7. In the event of a nuclear strike in the Cold War, Bristol was 4th on the list of British cities to be targeted. Isn’t it good to feel important?

Nuclear Bristol

8. In 1979 there was an unexplained ‘hum’ in Bristol.

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9. Ribena was invented in Bristol at the National Fruit and Cider institute.

Ribena Invented in Bristol

Photo courtesy of Zzzone Bristol.

10. Gary Glitter was held in Bristol’s Horfield prison after taking his laptop into PC World in Cribbs Causeway and a technician yet again discovered child porn on his hard drive.

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11. We produce more hot air balloons than anywhere in the WORLD

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12. The Young Ones was filmed in Bristol

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This ridiculous house was actually up in Bishopston on Codrington Road.

13. The first ever bungee jump actually happened on the Clifton Suspension Bridge

14. The infamous pirate ‘Blackbeard’ was actually a Bristolian

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15. There was actually a jail opposite the Louisiana 

16. Isambard kingdom Brunel actually built a second Bridge in Bristol – The Swivel Bridge

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Credit: brunelsotherbridge

17. Casualty is actually filmed in Bristol

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18. Dark Vader is actually from Bristol

David Prowse is a famous Bristolian and was the man beneath the dark suit in Star Wars.

19. 25% of all nature documentaries are actually filmed in Bristol

20. The HMV dog is Bristolian

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He was called Nipper, born in Bristol in 1884.

21. Bristol used to have it’s own time zone

It ran a grand total of 10 minutes behind London.

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Sam Gillies, the founder and editor of Best of Bristol. Purveyor of numerous Bristol posts, lists, stories, videos and Bristol photos. Having spent years in Bath looking enviously at how good Bristol was, I moved to Bristol in 2011 and consider myself a convert to a Bristol obsessive. Most likely found attempting to find interesting street art across Bristol and other cities.

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