Then and Now Take Two – Philadelphia Street

This is a regular series of blogs about photographs of the same place taken years apart. I quite like those Then and Now comparison photographs that you see in books or on the Twitter or Facebook.  The first of the posts in this series was of a council building in Manchester.

I always thought I should give then and now photographs a go. However what I have started to notice is that I have been doing Then and Now photographs unintentionally over the years and have been taking photographs of the same thing or place from the same view or perspective years apart.

Now this has come to my attention I have started to intentionally take photographs of the same place.

Philadelphia Street was part of the Cabot Circus and Quaker’s Friar development.

This photo of the construction of the development was taken in July 2008.

This is Philadelphia Street in July 2022.

This overhead view I took in July 2005 shows the old car park.

Bristol from the air in 2005

In July 2005 we went up in the air on a tethered helium balloon in Castle Park in Bristol.




This was before Cabot Circus and the Quakers Friar redevelopment.

Broadmead was less tired than it is now.

Quakers Friar was a car park.

We now have the Castle Bridge crossing the water and much of the old brewery has now been developed.

Though John Lewis had gone to Cribbs, what is now Primark was House of Fraser back in 2005.

Cabot Circus Christmas Changes

On my way to do a pick up from the Vue Cinema, I took a photograph of the festive Cabot Circus.

Cabot Circus Christmas

Searching Flickr I found this similar images from December 2012.

Cabots Circus by David X Mitchell via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Its interesting to see the differences. Cafe Rouge has gone and has been replaced by Five Guys. I noticed recently that Giraffe had closed and the unit was now a Slim Chickens. On the ground floor was was SoHo (which has moved around the corner) is now a Tortilla and a Typo. In 2012 Patisserie Valerie was still open, today it’s closed and boarded up.

40. Tropi-canis

Hidden on the fourth floor of the House of Fraser in Cabot Circus is 40. Tropi-canis. This Gromit is covered in pink flamingoes.

40. Tropi-canis

Quite challenging to photograph from some angles because of the background light.

40. Tropi-canis

I like the toucan on his back.

40. Tropi-canis

Back in 2015 I attempted to see and photograph all 70 Shaun the Sheeps I managed to get 62. This time I am aiming to get all 67 sculptures.

I have created this page to record all the sculptures we find.

Download the app to find the sculptures.

38. Cracking Build Gromit!

Many of the sculptures this year have been sponsored by bug companies, in the case of 38. Cracking Build Gromit! Lego went one step further and actually built their Gromit out of Lego.

38. Cracking Build Gromit!

Built with over 30,000 bricks it certainly looks the part.

38. Cracking Build Gromit!

Close up you can see the bricks.

38. Cracking Build Gromit!

Back in 2015 I attempted to see and photograph all 70 Shaun the Sheeps I managed to get 62. This time I am aiming to get all 67 sculptures.

I have created this page to record all the sculptures we find.

Download the app to find the sculptures.