I recently started following Julia Cameron's course for unblocking creativity, 'The Artist's Way'. In addition to writing three pages of stream of consciousness first thing every morning and a letter refuting my English teacher's assertion, 33 years ago, that I wasn't good enough to study English at A-level, you have to undertake to go on an Artist's Date once a week - ie to set aside two hours when you do something special on your own, just for yourself. Well, I only managed one hour, but I did have fun photographing a corner of Bristol which has particular resonance for me.
These are all views of Nelson Street, wrecked first by the Luftwaffe in the Bristol Blitz of 1940-41 and later by the city council. You can still see, however, that it runs in the shape of a curve, and that's because it used to hug the outer perimeter of the city's mediaeval walls.
Very little of the walls remains - just the Church of St John the Baptist (or St John's on the Wall), which you can glimpse on the right of this photo. It's no longer in use, but you can still visit it from time and time and it's really worth making the effort because there are mediaeval wall paintings inside and fascinating vaults.
Here's a better view. Hooray for sensitive 1970s shopping and office developments!
Every now and then you get a glimpse of the way things used to be centuries ago.
One thing you won't see, however, is a sign declaring its former name. This is because in mediaeval times it was known as Gropecunt Lane. The mediaeval topographer, William Wyrcestre, tells us how many paces long it was, but not what went on there. It's probably as well.