The Bristol Quadrilles part 01
Composer: Von Der Mark, Bertram
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
Bristol has been a port since the middle ages when trade was developed with Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. However, by the 19th century, the docks had started to decline and it was decided that redevlopment was needed. To pay for improvements, heavy charges were imposed on those using the docks, a move which drove trade into rival ports, such as Liverpool. In 1848, the council bought the Docks Company and started a series of changes, improvements and repairs. Initiatives such as the 'free port day', for which this song was written, were introduced. Rates were reduced and trade through the port increased.