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Local History

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

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. More on main website >>

Power Stations

Portishead used to have two coal fired power stations. 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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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 timber wharfs are gone. More on Petroleum industry >>  and Phosphorus industry >>

Portishead’s two railways

The first was the branch line from Bristol, which is currently closed to passenger traffic, but expected to reopen in 2020. More details >>


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


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