Hot spring, Clifton Rock Rail and Grand Spa
Film stills of Residual
This hot spring, now a trickle of water surrounded by rubble and buried under the river Avon, was in the 17th and 18th centuries a prosperous site that attracted visitors worldwide. A Grand Spa was built with an elegant pump room, decorated with Roman bath motifs, now eroded by time and disuse. In 1893, the Clifton Rock Railway was built to transport visitors between the spring and the Spa. It closed in 1934 and was subsequently used as an air raid shelter and BBC (broadcasting) studio during World War II.
All that is left of these iconic symbols of affluence are decaying remains, disconnected anomalies in today's Clifton landscape.