related topics
{album, band, music}
{film, series, show}
{build, building, house}
{day, year, event}
{town, population, incorporate}

Coordinates: 51°29′02″N 2°45′45″W / 51.4840°N 2.7626°W / 51.4840; -2.7626

Portishead (pronounced /pɔːtɪsˈhɛd/) is a coastal town on the Severn Estuary within the unitary authority of North Somerset, which falls within the ceremonial county of Somerset England. It has a population of 22,000,[1] an increase of over 3,000 since the 2001 census,[2] with a growth rate of 40 per cent, considerably in excess of surrounding towns.[3]

Portishead has a long history as a fishing port. It expanded rapidly during the early 19th century around the docks, with supporting transport infrastructure. A power station and chemical works were added in the 20th century, but the dock and industrial facilities have since declined, redeveloped into a marina and residential areas. Portishead was also the telephone control centre used by British Telecom (BT) for non-direct dialled calls to maritime vessels, a service known as Portishead Radio.

The town's population is expanding, served by several retail outlets, religious, educational and sporting venues. Portishead is now primarily a dormitory town for Bristol and its environs, although a range of services industries has grown up. The headquarters of Avon and Somerset Constabulary are based in Portishead.


Full article ▸

related documents
The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Call (band)
Glenn Hughes
Sarah Slean
Rocket 88
Adam Clayton
Julie Miller
Metal Machine Music
The Eminem Show
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Aaron Carter
Brian Setzer
One Nation Under a Groove
Fuzzy Haskins
Mittelalter rock
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
From the Choirgirl Hotel
Virgin Records
One Minute Silence
Maggot Brain
Stephen Carpenter
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Born in the U.S.A.
Led Zeppelin IV
Dust Brothers
Something for Kate
Brandon Boyd