Wapping Wharf

Spent a day in Bristol
down on Wapping Wharf
via St Mary Redcliffe
and a Wild Rock beer or course
There weren’t too many tourists
so it was peaceful here today
in the city of my birthplace
where I had time to play

The cranes along the quayside
stand still like giants there
silent now and aging
with memories to share
It was actually quite cathartic
watching people in the rain
So I’ll be sure to visit more
and come back here again


The ‘Electric Cranes’, Wapping Wharf, Bristol (Photo Jempics)

Bliss by the water

Down by the waterside
in April sunshine
In the city of Bristol
with weather so fine

There’s history here
from when I was a boy
I’m re-visiting now
with an aim to enjoy

And the laughter the sun brings
encourages this
sitting here peacefully
for enjoyment and bliss


Photo – from Jemverse on Instagram, April 2018 – Jempics

Moments in Bristol

We had a brilliant time down in Bristol
reliving the days from my youth
Great to see the familiar sights
with some ‘moments’ to tell you the truth

We wandered along by the water
to the SS Great Britain still there
Refurbished of course now and lovely
its history and glory to share

Which was when I had a ‘small moment’
when fifty years back a small lad
stood and watched the Great Britain
towed into dry dock with his Dad


The SS Great Britain was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was the largest passenger ship in the world between 1845 and 1854. She was also the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. She was scuttled to a sandbank in the Falkland Islands in 1937 but, in 1970, was towed back to the UK to the dry dock in Bristol where she was originally built. A full restoration programme was begun, returning the ship to her full former glory. I was one of the first people to tread her boards after the 1970 salvage; 48 years later I returned for another look. Photo – Jempics

Temple cross round

In the Bristol blitz bombing
of the second world war
The Temple Cross roof was
brought to the floor
Yet when the rubble was cleared
though it’s fate was then sealed
some circular Templar
foundations revealed

What was then a square ruin
had once been quite round
A fact only discovered
when razed to the ground
And now preserved for all time
lest history we shun
Two ruined churches
stand together as one


The Temple church (aka Holy Cross and Temple Cross) ruins stand in the Temple Meads area of Bristol in the UK. Bombed during the Bristol blitz in WWII, it was only when the detritus from the ruined roof and floor was cleared after the war that the foundations of an earlier entirely circular Templar church were revealed. The Templar building, now marked by a ring of shale inside the nave of the present ruin, dates from 1100. The ‘modern’ parish of Holy Cross was built over it between 1300 and 1450.

Back to my roots

I’m travelling down to Bristol
Just going for the day
Where fifty-seven years ago
to this life I made my way
On the map are several places
Familiar by name
But I’d imagine quite a bit has changed
and it won’t look quite the same

But that aside, it’s really nice
to be back this way once more
Because your birthplace never leaves you
No matter what life has in store
So I’ll take it as I find it
and enjoy just being there
As travelling round the country
Gives me lots more words to share



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