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Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge
Pero’s Bridge

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The bridge is named after Pero, a servant in the ownership of John Pinney, a Bristol merchant and plantation owner. The bridge is raised by a hydraulic ram and the horns of the counterweights are the most distinctive aspect of the sculptor’s design. The opposing curves of the footpath successfully suggest movement, and there is much thought and subtlety in the design of the supporting steelwork and railings.
Title

Pero’s Bridge

Date

1993–1999

Medium

stainless steel & cast iron

Accession number

BS1_PF_S025

Work type

Sculpture

Owner

Bristol City Council

Custodian

Bristol City Council

Work status

extant

Access

at all times

Inscription description

inscription on a bronze plaque set in a granite block on Narrow Quay: PERO’S BRIDGE / THIS BRIDGE IS DEDICATED TO / THE MEMORY OF PERO, AN / ENSLAVED MAN OF AFRICAN / ORIGIN WHO WAS BROUGHT / FROM THE CARIBBEAN ISLAND OF / NEVIS TO BRISTOL IN 1783. HE WAS / A SERVANT OF THE PINNEY FAMILY / WHO LIVED IN WHAT IS NOW THE / GEORGIAN HOUSE MUSEUM / IN GREAT GEORGE STREET. / HE DIED IN THE CITY IN 1798. / MARCH 1999

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Located at

Narrow Quay, Bristol City

BS1 4QA

Connects Narrow Quay to Anchor Square at St Augustine’s Reach (River Frome).