People may be unaware when
they are walking around the centre of Bristol, that beneath
their feet is a warren of underground passages.
Some of the tunnels date back
to the 12th century when Bristol was the centre for wine imports.
The wine was stored in magnificent
stone caverns which have survived the bombing of the second
Many of these underground tunnels
were inter-linked, making it possible to walk from Corn Street
under the centre, to Castle Park.
The book, 'Secret Underground
Bristol', written by Sally Watson, invites the reader to look
over the edge of the river wall by the ambulance station near
Castle Park to see an entrance to the moat that once went
around the Castle.
Sally studied archaeology at
the University of Bristol and spent a lot of time exploring
the city's underground history, much of which is now not accessible
to the public.
"All periods of Bristol
history are captured down there", Sally Watson told BBC
From the caves which were used
when the city was a centre for smugglers, to bunkers where
the BBC operated during the war.
One of the highlights of the
book is the old stone mine near the Box tunnel.
"The mine was used to
house the RAF control after the BAC had been bombed in 1941",
"It's like a set from
the TV show Mash with murals on the wall and the menu still
hanging up in the canteen area," she said.
Sally is keen to talk to anyone
who worked at BAC at the time when production was taken underground.
You can Email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org
'Secret Underground Bristol'
is published by Broadcast books priced £14.95.