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College Green, Bristol

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College Green is a public open space in Bristol, England. The Green takes the form of a segment of a circle with its apex pointing east, and covers 1.1ha. The road named College Green forms the north-eastern boundary of the Green, the Bristol Cathedral marks the south side, and City Hall (formerly the Council House) closes the Green in an arc to the north-west.
College Green is owned by the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral, and managed by Bristol City Council.
Originally a small hill north of the River Avon separated from Brandon Hill to the north west by a narrow gully, College Green was enclosed to form the precincts of St Augustine's Abbey (now Bristol Cathedral) in the 12th century. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey became a collegiate church and its precincts thenceforth became known as 'College Green'.
The Bristol High Cross was moved here from its original location at the junction of High, Wine, Broad and Corn streets, where it had been considered a traffic hazard, in 1733. In 1762 the Green was levelled and laid out as a raised park with stone boundary walls, railings and formal promenades crossing at its centre. The High Cross was relegated to a corner of the Green, and in 1768 it was given to Henry Hoare for use as a garden ornament at Stourhead, where it can still be seen.
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  • This is just off the centre, a peaceful, relaxing area to people watch. The City Hall is on one side and the beautiful Bristol Cathedral on the other, all at the bottom of Park St, famous for shops...  more »
  • Wasn't sure what I was walking around looking at. It's right in the centre of town and just nice to walk through.  more »

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