Gordano Civic Society

Founded 1956

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Power Stations

Portishead used to have two coal fired power stations which once dominated the landscape. The first, Portishead A was built in 1929 and the second, Portishead B in 1955. The last remains – the chimneys – were demolished in 1992.

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Portishead and the Gordano area have a fascinating history from Domesday Book times through to Victorian docks, railways and industry.

Local History

About Portishead

Portishead has a brief mention in the Domesday Book of 1086, but settlements in the area go back to the Iron Age. At the heart of the town is the Victorian High Street. There are 37 listed buildings in the area.

Warren's shop 18 High Street Portishead Docks Portishead GWR station

Docks and Industry

The docks were built in the 19th century and various industries grew up around them. The docks are now a marina, and the petroleum and phosphorus plants and the timber wharfs are gone.

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Portishead’s two railways

The first was the branch line from Bristol, which is currently closed to passenger traffic, but expected to reopen in 2026.

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The second railway was the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Light Railway which connected the three towns from 1907 until 1940.

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For more local history see Posset Pieces

Gordano Civic Society Library >> Members may borrow books and DVDs from our library at our meetings.

Listed buildings

Portishead has four Conservation Areas and there is one in Weston-in-Gordano and one in Walton-in-Gordano. There are 37 listed buildings in the Portishead area.

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Court Farm Interpretation boards

Interpretation boards

The Society has erected interpretation boards at various locations.

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WW1 photos

Photos of unknown men. Can you help identify them?

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St Peter's church

Memorial Inscriptions

All the Memorial Inscriptions at St. Peter’s Parish Church, Portishead have been transcribed and can be searched. Over 4,400 names are recorded.

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