The Bristol Record Office archives are located in a building known as B Bond Warehouse. Now grade II listed, this building was constructed in 1908 and was one of three warehouses to be built next to Cumberland Basin. The buildings initial purpose was a ‘bonded’ tobacco warehouse.

The Bristol Record Office was established in 1924. It moved to the newly converted premises of B Bond Warehouse in 1992 from City Hall on College Green.

I found an article on The National Archives website regarding the Records of Corporation of Bristol (details of which are held at the BRO) which traces the origins of record keeping in Bristol from 1381. As well as moving premises several times, the records/collections were also evacuated during the the war. I have yet to find out where.

I thought it would be interesting to see if images of B Bond Warehouse appeared in the Vaughan collection. Images do exist in various categories of the collection, depicting it from various viewpoints and within different contexts.

B Bond_from the airB Bond_view from hotwellsB Bond_ Docks entranceB Bond_marchingB Bond_BarryBonded warehouses_sampling tobacco