Bristol is a city in the southwest of England. It is home to Bristol Cathedral, the original structure of which dates back to the twelfth century. Bristol developed as a port city, although the Port of Bristol has now moved from the city center. The city was deeply involved in the slave trade throughout the eighteenth century. John Wesley founded the first Methodist chapel in the city in 1739. Bristol was heavily damaged by German bombing in the Second World War.


Latitude: 51.475660872204
Longitude: -2.565379141015

Timeline of Events Associated with Bristol

Date Event Manage
1830 to 1832

The Great Reform Act Crisis

In 1830 some of the Tories wanted to change the Electoral system but Tory Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley advocated against it. The aftermath of that were riots breaking out in Bristol and were quoted as the worse that England had seen in the 19th century. However, in 1832 when the Whigs were in control of the House of Commons, Whig Prime Minister Lord Grey announced the new plan for the Great Reform Act.

The Great Reform Act was designed to give more seats to the counties and less to the wealthy. For example, 65 seats were awarded to the counties. 44 seats were distributed to 22 larger towns including Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and the new London metropolitan districts. 21 smaller towns were given one MP each, Scotland was awarded 8 extra seats. Ireland was given 5 extra seats.

It's important to notate this because the Great Reform Act gave more power to the people and it gave less weathly people a voice about what would happen in their lives.