Avonmouth and Bristol Docks Video

A collection of links to historical videos of Avonmouth and Bristol Docks.


Look out for the shot of a BR Class 14 pulling a goods train down Hotwells Road at 1:51.

A maritime history of Bristol.


Avonmouth Docks 1901 near Bristol in Somerset Cutting the first sod, Royal party arrive to open the docks, lines of police or dock police wait , steam shovel demonstration as royals watch, very nice shots of the wooden clad boiler of the steam shovel, truck on pulley on an incline.


An ocean liner arrives at Avonmouth


‘Western Waterway’ – ‘From its source in the Cotswolds, the Wiltshire Avon winds through quiet scenery, presently reaching Bath, a city renowned for its architecture and its healing mineral springs. The Avon flows through industrial Bristol, gateway to the Americas. Beyond Bristol, the river broadens; seven miles downstream are the great modern docks of Avonmouth.’ (Films of Britain – British Council Film Department Catalogue – 1941)



Television reporter Robert Reid takes a journey on British Waterways tug “Primrose’ from Avonmouth Docks to Worcester calling at Sharpness and Gloucester Docks en-route. Made by British Transport Films, with photography by Oscar winning cinematographer David Watkin, the film is designed o to promote commercial use of waterways in the face of the challenges rom road and rail in a pre-container age.


Avonmouth Smelter – A film of the smelting works at Avonmouth in the late nineteen seventies.

From the Bristol Industrial Museum Archives

‘Bringing in the Ships’

Listen to Ray Buck, river helmsman and Peter Hodge, last City Docks pilot, recount their memories of bringing the big ships into Bristol Docks. They travel up the River Avon aboard the tug boat ‘John King’.