35-41 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3PY
c. 1780, altered mid 19th century to incorporate shop fronts.
Grade 2 1974 list number 1292924. Also on the council’s Listed Buildings at Risk register with the highest risk rating.
Brick and Bath stone dressings.
Part of terrace is rendered.
Timber shop fronts.
Residential and retail
Residential & Commerce
No.s 35, 37 & 41 are currently closed to the public. No 39 operates as a private business. Access to the exterior at all reasonable times to view the buildings from Stokes Croft.
Numbers 35-41 Stokes Croft form an irregular terrace of three- and four-storey houses that reveal the chequered history of this interesting corner of Bristol. They are among several listed Georgian buildings in the area. The terrace is typical of Bristol’s humbler Georgian style: on long, narrow plots and made of brick with Bath stone dressings and stepped keystones. By the mid-1800s, Stokes Croft was an important shopping street and shop fronts were added to these houses.
Today they are in a poor state, and mostly unoccupied. The area declined in the second half of the 1900s, due to wartime damage, increased traffic on the main road north from Bristol, and shifts in shopping patterns. Recently, however, low building values here have helped to spark exciting, community-led regeneration: street art, new cafes and a locally declared identity as The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft. This terrace may well come alive once more.
Stokes Croft lies just north of Bristol city centre and developed as a residential suburb in the early Georgian period. It was one of Bristol’s earliest turnpike roads, forming the start of the road to Gloucester. Historic images of the street show that there was once a vibrant mix of shopping to be had here. This included major shops such as Blundell’s department store (built mid-1900s), which occupied the building at 77–9 Stokes Croft, north of this Georgian terrace.
Numbers 35, 37 and 41 are now on Bristol City Council’s listed buildings at risk register and have the highest risk rating. The area was declared a conservation zone in 1980.
Today The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft has its own museum, produces trademark china and furniture, and organizes a range of local activities and initiatives.