Granary, Bristol

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Granary, Bristol is located in Bristol
Granary, Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or city Bristol
Country England
Coordinates 51°27′08″N 2°35′33″W / 51.4521°N 2.5926°W / 51.4521; -2.5926Coordinates: 51°27′08″N 2°35′33″W / 51.4521°N 2.5926°W / 51.4521; -2.5926
Completed 1869

The Granary (grid reference ST591740) is on Welsh Back, Bristol, England.

It was built in 1869 by Archibald Ponton and William Venn Gough with red Cattybrook brick with black and white brick and limestone dressings as a granary but has been used as offices. It is probably the best preserved example of the Bristol Byzantine style. It has also been known as Wait and James' Granary.[1]

It housed a nightclub, also known as The Granary, from 1968 to 1988. Initially opened as a jazz club by Ted Cowell under the guidance of Acker Bilk in 1968, it started hosting regular rock nights in 1969, becoming an all-rock club by 1978.[2] Many well-known rock acts played there, including Yes, Genesis, Status Quo, Motörhead and Iron Maiden.[3] [4]

The building was owned by Bristol City Council who invited competitive bids from developers for its renovation and conversion. Barton Willmore produced the designs which supported the winning bid to convert the building into apartments.[5]

It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.[6]


  1. ^ "Wait and James' Granary". Looking at Buildings. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  2. ^ "History". The Granary Club official website. Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  3. ^ "The Granary: Bristol's Legendary Home of Rock". The Granary Club official website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  4. ^ a b Read, Al. The Granary Club: The Rock Years 1969 - 1988. 2003. page 260. Broadcast Books. ISBN 1-874092-82-6
  5. ^ "The Granary, Bristol" (PDF). Barton Willmore. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  6. ^ "The Granary and attached area walls". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  7. ^ "Dire Straits tour 1978". Tours. Canada: Mark Knopfler official site. Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 

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