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Timber Office Baltic Wharf 1976 now The Cottage
May and Hassell Ltd Timber Office on Baltic Wharf in 1976 now The Cottage Inn
Baltic Wharf May and Hassel c1910
Baltic Wharf c1910
Gefle Timber Wharf c 1920
Jones and Wainwright Timber Office Gefle Wharf circa 1920
Canada Wharf Taylor and Low early 1900s
Canada Wharf Taylor and Low Brothers established 1854 – Early 1900s
Canada and Cumberland Wharves 1921
Canada and Cumberland Wharves 1921

Baltic Onega Cumberland and Canada Wharves 1921

Although this picture is labelled as Canada and Cumberland Wharves by Historic England it actually shows four of the six timber wharves which now make up Baltic Wharf. From left to right: Baltic; Onega (Russia); Cumberland; Canada.

Baltic Wharf 2018 with 1913 plan

Gefle (Sweden) and Chatham are to the right of Mardyke Ferry Road.  Chatham is now the marina and Gefle is now partly the Baltic Wharf development and also the marina slipway. The caravan park was part of Baltic and Onega Wharves.

Note also top left the Rownham Mead development over the former Merchants Dock.

Baltic Wharf Sign 2

Most of the wharves appear to have been named after the places the timber came from. In the case of Cumberland it might refer to timber from Canada and the Baltic imported through Whitehaven in Cumberland (now Cumbria). However, it is more likely that it followed from the naming of Cumberland Basin and Cumberland Road after Prince Ernest, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1771- 1851) who visited Bristol in 1803 during the Napoleonic invasion scare and became a freeman of the City.

In the case of Chatham this could have been timber imported via the Chatham Dockyard on the River Medway in Kent?

Baltic Wharf Timber Sheds c1979
Baltic Wharf c1979

Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site has occupied the area near to Bristol’s Floating Harbour since 1978 and covered part of the old Baltic and Onega Timber Yards. The sheds on the picture above would therefore have been, from right to left, Onega and Cumberland.

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