Bristol, Connecticut, a city in Hartford County. It lies on the Pequabuck River, about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Hartford. Products include ball bearings, electric motors, and sporting goods. Bristol was long famous for its clocks, made here from 1790 until the 1970's. The American Clock and Watch Museum, with a collection of more than 600 American timepieces, is located in the Miles Lewis House, built in 1801. Bristol is the headquarters of the sports cable network ESPN, which employs some 1,500 people locally.
Settlement of the Bristol area began in 1727 when it was still a part of the town of Farmington. (A town in New England is comparable to a township elsewhere.) A community called New Cambridge evolved; in 1785 it became the independent town of Bristol, named after the city in England. Bristol was incorporated as a city in 1911.
Bristol has the mayor-council form of government.