Walk: Bristol Churches

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Meet in the porch of the main doors of St Mary Redcliffe, opposite Redcliffe Way, for an 11am start. In 1574 Queen Elizabeth I called the church ‘the fairest, the goodliest and most famous parish church in England’. The church, which started as a shrine where seamen paid their respects before and after a voyage, is now the size of a small cathedral with a magical interior.

Lunch can be bought at one of the numerous cafes and bars nearby. The visit St Nicholas Church, where a triptych, originally painted by Hogarth in 1756 as an altarpiece for St Mary Redcliffe is on display. The tour then continues past Christ Church (built in 1786, replacing an earlier church), with its two quarter jacks above the entrance, to St John the Baptist Church in the medieval city wall. Here enjoy a talk by English Heritage on the church, dating from 1380. Walk on past St Stephen’s and up to College Green and the Lord Mayor’s Chapel (St Mark’s). The Berkeley family gave the money for St Mark’s Hospital Church in 1230 and the corporation purchased it after the dissolution of the monasteries in the sixteenth century. Following a short talk there will be time to view the interior, before crossing the green to Bristol Cathedral. Tea may be taken there and the day should end around 4pm.

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Various Bristol churches
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