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PORTISHEAD MARINA SOMERSET 51º 29’ .56N 002º 45’ .41W

Portishead is a Somerset town that for many fortysomethings will always be linked to the trip hop band hailing from the town which hit the charts with some pretty gloomy recordings in the late 90s. Aside from this though, it has long been a thriving port situated conveniently close to the great maritime hub of Bristol. The town was something of an industrial hub and the large locked dock complex was mainly used to discharge coal for two nearby power stations. In a story familiar across the UK, commercial shipping generally declined at Portishead and ground to a halt in 1992. After a few years of lying derelict, the site was redeveloped and £400m was pumped in to build the marina complex and surrounding residential and retail businesses that have made the marina emblematic of the regeneration

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