JH Group have started work at the well known and much loved Clifton Observatory. Dating back to 1766, this iconic landmark offers a unique viewing platform overlooking the Clifton Suspension bridge and the City of Bristol. A one storey glass sided cafe is being built, as well as general renovations throughout the whole building. Once completed the cafe will be open to the public 7 days a week whatever the weather.
Work will be at a slower pace than we are accustomed to as we have an archaeologist onsite whilst the foundations are being dug out by hand. Rounded tools are being used to prevent any damage to any Historical finds. Romano/British pottery has been discovered in the area in the past and the entire building is English Heritage Grade II* listed. It has been presiding over Bristol for over 250 years so it won’t be a great surprise to anyone if items of interest are uncovered.
Clifton Observatory started life as a windmill, initially for grinding corn later for the grinding of Tobacco for “Snuff”. A fire in 1777 meant the building was derelict for 50 years until An artist called William West rented the building as a studio. West installed the Camera Obscura that is still in situ and working today.
We are proud to be working on a building with such great Provenance and I for one can’t wait to visit in the Spring to enjoy Coffee and cake with a view.
If you are interested in us working with you please send us an email enquiries(at)jhgroup-sw.com or call our friendly office.