19 brilliant photos of how Bristol looked in the 1960s

These incredible pictures will bring back lots of memories for Bristolians of a certain age

It was a decade where The Beatles shot to fame, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon and Martin Luther King Jr made his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington to an audience of 250,000 people. It was also the last time England won the World Cup.

The swinging sixties were a defining era for the world with it being one of the most tumultuous and divisive decades in history with Bristol not being immune to the decade of counterculture. It was a time when the US increased their military authority in Vietnam, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and there was the threat of nuclear war between the US and Soviet Union after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

As Bristol looked on, the city was starting to rapidly change in the post-war years with major developments across the city including new housing, shopping centres and even car parks. The city centre looks a lot different these days with Broadmead almost unrecognisable.

The aviation industry was key and there were huge celebrations with the launch of Concorde 002 prototype from Filton Airport. There were protests over grammar schools and, of course, plenty of sport with thousands watching Bristol City and Bristol Rovers every week.

The following 19 pictures show snapshots of life in Bristol in the defining decade of the 60s:

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