Monday, July 11, 2016

Only in Bucks County: Radcliffe Street

Hello everybody!
So... my downstairs neighbor accidentally set our house on fire. Everybody and everything is fine, but I'm staying with my fiance in Bristol Borough for the next six or seven weeks until the smoke damage is remediated and the structural damage is repaired. My blogging goal for the summer is to post about life here in Bristol as much as possible for two reasons... one is for me to learn more about the town and the special things it has to offer; and the other to bring attention to what an amazing little town it is.
Let's start with Radcliffe Street, as that's where we are living.
Radcliffe Street runs parallel to the Delaware River, with rows of brownstone buildings and magnificent mansions with beautifully landscaped lawns and hydrangea-filled gardens behind wrought iron fences.
Bristol was a hub for shipping and industry in the late 1800's and that's when many of the grand Greek Revival style homes were built along Radcliffe Street by the wealthy owners of mills and factories. More homes were built along Radcliffe Street over the next 20-30 years in the Colonial Revival style; with their columned porches, classical details like swags and urns, and gabled roofs. Each one is different and there's a tremendous amount of pride in the upkeep and care of these large homes. If you like old houses, you've got to come take a long walk up and down this tree lined street! 


  1. Thank you, its always nice to see a new face have an opportunity to enjoy what we do everyday. Hope your house gets repaired asap although I would like to read your blog about Bristol Borough.

  2. Great photos !!!!....This is the street I live on, the 4oo block. Wonderful photos and vibe, so blessed to have my humble little studio amongst these good people !!

  3. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. You must go tour the Grundy Museum. Next Sunday is the Peach Festival at the Bristol Historical and Cultural Foundation on Cedar St. The building was a one room school house in the early years. Go early to the festival or you might miss out on the best peaches, ice cream and angel food cake. Here is a link to the website.

    Good luck with your house repairs.