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Pero's Bridge at St. Augustine's reach was built in 1999, as the result of a collaboration between an artist Eilis O'Connell and consulting engineers ARUP to produce a much needed pedestrian crossing of Bristol's Floating Harbour. This is a 'bascule' bridge, which means that the centre section lifts up to allow boats to pass in and out - its distinctive horns are actually counter-weights that enable it to open up to make way for the river traffic.

It was named after Pero Jones, an enslaved African owned by a Bristol merchant in the 1700s who lived in what is now the Georgian House Museum. The name reminds us of the millions of African men women and children, taken from their homes in the transatlantic slave trade with which Bristol was heavily involved with.

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