14 fascinating photographs showing how Bristol’s iconic Gloucester Road looked in the early 20th century

From the lost tram system to its original name, Gloucester Road has changed considerably since its creation

Gloucester Road is an iconic stretch of high street home to many great businesses and independent traders - and has been for some time.

Once described as the street with the most independent stores in Europe, the area has a longstanding history with it welcoming the first shops at the end of the 19th century.

It had become built up along its length around 1888 when traders settled on what was then called Horfield Road.

At the turn of the 20th century, there was a high concentration of butchers and grocers, as was typical for the time, but these were gradually replaced by pubs, cafes and charity shops.

Many of the original buildings remain intact and operational today though, as a whole, the road looks completely different today compared to the turn of the 20th century - it used to be traffic-free, if you could imagine.

BristolWorld has trawled through the archives to dig out 14 images showing how Gloucester Road looked from 1900 up until the 1940s.