1981, St Paul's in Bristol hit the headlines when a police
raid triggered the first riots, which subsequently spread
across the country.
the heart of the action was Grosvenor Road, otherwise known
as "The Front Line".
the last of the series, A Sense of Place, Fergus Colville
meets the people who make up the community of St Paul's.
story takes us back to before the riots, describing a vibrant
close-knit community, through to the present day where many
of the original inhabitants are being priced out of the area.
Road elicits a polar response from its residents.
are really frightened to walk down there day or night,"
is one man's experience.
St Paul's people say hi and hang out with each other, it's
a real community" is another's.
people remember playing along the road as children, while
parents shopped or went to the launderette.
there was a feeling of community, the area was also a ghetto
where immigrants to the city were housed.
came in with Windrush and were just dumped together here,
so the community grew," an older man recalls.
along came the motorway and whole streets were compulsorily
purchased and the residents moved to Easton and Fishponds.
community broke down and the shops disappeared. A green was
built which became a meeting place.
play cricket and people would sell mangoes and sugar cane,
but the drug dealers have taken over now."
of the people who moved from St Paul's have chosen to return.
buy food in the West Indian shop and my girls asked, 'Mum
how you know that black man?' and, 'Who are all these black
people?' so we came back from Bedminster," a mother explains.
St Paul's is changing again.
In the programme it is likened to Brixton which was once a
no-go zone and is now an expensive area to try to move into.
class people are buying up the houses and prices have risen
its position next to the city centre, St Paul's has become a
piece of prime real estate and that can only mean more changes.