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Historic Features

Armada House is a grade II listed buiding built in 1903 by local architect Henry Williams who also built the Everards building in Broad Street, Bristol. It was specifically built for Bristol Waterworks Company.

Our venue is full of historic architectural features and we thought we would shed some light on the history of them.

Stained glass windows

These stained glass windows line our sweeping staircase, designed to give natural light to the centre of the building. 

Wrought iron staircase

Our sweeping wrought iron staircase is a stunning feature as you walk into the building. The design is a combination of flowing leaves and straight lines, characteristic of the Art Nouveau period of the time. There is also a unique panel on the first flight that holds the initals BW that stands for Bristol Waterworks.

Fireplace (Lobby)

We have two fireplaces that came from the previous Bristol Waterworks building in Small Street.  

The lobby fireplace hold two crests: one is the Bristol coat of arms, the other is the crest for the Society of Merchant Venturers

Fireplace (Elton Room)

The Elton room fireplace bears the initials of Abraham and Mary Elton who was the Baronet of Bristol. Read more abut the history of the Elton Room here.

Elton Room Clock

The clock in the Elton Room fits in with the beautiful oak pannelled walls.  It face is inscribed with Kemp Bros of Union Street. Kemp brothers are a watchmakers and jewllers who still run a branch of the original company on Union Street. The clock no longer has the original mechanisms and is now battery powered

Brick/Stone out the front

The sandstone out the front of the building contrasts beautifully with the dark red brick and lines the windows and main entrace.

Cabot Room

Our Cabot Room today is a little different from the orginal plan.  The Cabot Room was where customers would have come in to pay their water bills, in the image above you can see where the counter was.  The the public entrance at the time was different and situated in the far right window.  The entrance that we use today (below) would have been for Bristol Waterworks staff only. 

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