The elegant garden Queen Square, completed in 1727, is entwined in the history of Bristol. Its listed terraces were home to some of Bristol’s most colourful figures including the privateer, Woodes Rogers, later first Royal Governor of the Bahamas and known as captain of the vessel that rescued the marooned Alexander Selkirk, generally believed to have inspired Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was signed up as special constable to battle the rioters who, in 1831, destroyed part of the square, a job the Bristol Corporation nearly completed in 1937 when they drove a dual carriageway through it. Nowadays all is tranquil and there are few better examples of the grace and taste of 18th century urban architecture.
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