The newer of the two power stations ("B" Station) was converted to burn oil when the Somerset coalfields closed.[17] The two Radstock pits ceased production in September 1973 and the last train load of coal departed on 16 November 1973. The price of oil rose steeply in the 1970s (see 1973 oil crisis and 1979 oil crisis) and the two power stations were little used after these events.

Portishead have announced that they will play a headline show at Cardiff University this Thursday 16 July which will serve as a warm up show to their headline slot at Latitude Festival on Saturday 18 July.

Hi Andrew, your review re your group walk around Portishead sounds just what I am looking for, We have two couples coming to stay next weekend plus a couple of dogs so a nice flat , interesting walk is just what the doctor ordered. We are all pensioners so not looking to scale Kilimanjaro. You directions/ route sound great but no mention re the best place to park? Any help most appreciated.

Portishead are an English band formed in 1991 in Bristol. They are named after the nearby town of the same name, eight miles west of Bristol, along the coast.[8] Portishead consists of Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley, while sometimes citing a fourth member, Dave McDonald, an engineer on their first records.[9][10]

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Situated conveniently close to Bristol, this historical fishing port has stunning views of Wales on clear days. 

The remains of a former windmill, built in 1832 but disused since 1846, were rebuilt into a two-storey house and then, in 1908, incorporated into a golf club house.[62] The building has since been converted into a pub. A small, disused, black village pump remains in Portishead with a strapped down handle.[63]

We have contributed a track to the new Ben Wheatley film High Rise which is the Empire Gala at London Film Festival on Friday 9th October at the Odeon Leicester Square.

The Bristol-based trip hop group Portishead took their name from the town, despite describing it as their "dreary home-town".[92] Chaos UK is a punk band that was formed in Portishead in 1979. The town was also the birthplace of leading Scrumpy and Western singer Adge Cutler.[93]

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As of 1st September 2016 High Down Infant and Junior Schools, Gordano School, Portishead Primary School and St. Peter's C of E Primary School in the town, and St. Mary's in nearby Portbury formed a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) called The Lighthouse Partnership.[83]

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The 9-metre (30 ft) high Portishead Point lighthouse was built at Battery Point in March 1931 by the Chance Brothers of Smethwick. The lighthouse is currently maintained by the Bristol Port Company.[64] Black Nore lighthouse was built in 1894. It was electrified in World War II.[65] In October 2011, after it was no longer needed for navigational purposes, it was sold to a trust for preservation at a cost of £1.[66]

Portishead has plenty to offer including an outdoor swimming pool during summer, a popular lake ground by the water with a boating lake, café, play areas, cricket ground, football and hockey pitches.

After their initial success, Portishead withdrew from the spotlight for three years until their second album, Portishead, was released in 1997. The album's sound differed from Dummy, characterised as "grainy and harsher."[17] Three singles, "All Mine", "Over" and "Only You" were released, the first one achieving a Top 10 placing in the UK.[18]

In 1989 the town twinned with Den Dungen, a small town of approximately 6,000 inhabitants about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the city of 's-Hertogenbosch, capital of the Province of North Brabant in the Netherlands.[104] Den Dungen was a separate municipality until 1996, when it was merged with Sint-Michielsgestel.[105]

The town is also surrounded by a great amount of scenic beauty for walkers including Gordano Valley Nature Reserve, Battery Point and the Clevedon Coast Path.

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The parish is part of the North Somerset county constituency of the House of Commons. It has been represented since 1992 by Liam Fox, a member of the Conservative Party, who was Secretary of State for Defence.[36]

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Their debut album, Dummy, was met with critical acclaim in 1994. Two other studio albums were issued: Portishead in 1997 and Third in 2008.

A lifeboat service has been operated by the Portishead Lifeboat Trust since 1996 but in 2015 this transferred to a new RNLI lifeboat station adjacent to the pier.[80]

The name Portishead derives from the "port at the head of the river". It has been called Portshead and Portschute at times in its history and Portesheve in the Domesday Book, and was locally known as Posset.[5]

Industrial activities ceased at the dock with the closure of the power stations. The Port of Bristol Authority finally closed the dock in 1992.[26]

In September 2009 a trial was undertaken to turn off traffic lights in Portishead.[76][77] It was conducted in association with North Somerset Council, Martin Cassini and Colin Buchanan. The change was made permanent after some journey times reportedly fell by over 50% with no measured reduction in pedestrian safety, despite greater numbers now using the route (over 2000 vehicles and 300 pedestrians an hour).[78][79]

Many exciting events take place in Portishead throughout the year including the Portishead Carnival, Flower Show, Raft Race on the Lake Grounds.

There are various groups and societies in the town, including the Gordano society that is involved in history, conservation, environment, planning and wildlife issues,[94] a horticultural society,[95] and the Portishead Railway Group that is campaigning for the Portishead to Bristol railway line to be re-opened.[96] There are also church and youth organisations such as the Portishead Youth Club,[97] a choral society,[98] which was formed in 1955,[99] and an annual carnival.[100]

Portishead is well connected with regular bus links to Bristol centre and The Mall at Cribbs Causeway for all your shopping needs plus it is in close proximity to many local attractions including Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Oakham Treasures and the National Trust properties Tyntesfield and Clevedon Court.


Portishead "A" power station was closed in 1976; and the first of its two chimney stacks, a landmark, was demolished in September 1981, followed by the second in August 1982.[17] Portishead "B" power station closed in 1982 and both of its 383 feet (117 m) stacks were demolished in October 1992.[17]

The Norman Church of St Peter (shown right) was built in 1320 and rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries in the Perpendicular Gothic style. In 1952 it was made a Grade I listed building.[84] The four-stage tower is a prominent landmark, with set back buttresses and a pierced parapet.[84] The church was altered in 1978–1979 and has a new garden developed for the Millennium.[85]

Much of the growth of Portishead's population can be attributed to the development of the former docks into a vibrant community. The former deep-water dock, used to supply coal and goods to the power stations, has been fully redeveloped into a modern marina with 250 pontoon berths.[27]

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The main A369 road, known after the historical name for the area as "The Portbury Hundred",[74] which links the town to the nearby M5 motorway, is prone to congestion, especially during rush hours. Major traffic-flow modifications have caused much controversy because they are widely seen as having caused queuing where none existed before. More than 4,000 residents signed a petition to North Somerset Council expressing concern at the development.[75]

Transport links to Bristol and beyond have been a concern for some residents of the town and a group has been set up to campaign for the reopening of the Portishead to Bristol railway line.[71] The cost has been estimated at £28 million,[72] and feasibility plans are being considered.[73]

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The Portishead power stations were coal-fed power stations built next to the dock. Construction work started on Portishead "A" power station in 1926. It began generating electricity in 1929 for the Bristol Corporation's Electricity Department.[15][17] In 1937 its original six short chimney stacks were replaced by a 350 ft (110 m) high stack.[17] A second 350 ft (110 m) stack was added when the power station was expanded in 1948.[15]