December 7, 2010
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St Mary-le-Port

This church was blitzed during WW2 and only the tower stands. The following description from Arrowsmith’s Dictionary of Bristol (1884) may be of interest:

December 7, 2010
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St Leonard

The Church of St Leonard was situated at the bottom of old Corn Street where it joined St Nicholas Street. The parish was united with St Nicholas in 1768 and St Leonard’s church was demolished in 1771 to make way for Clare Street. One of the altars was sold to Backwell Church, Somerset. The Library of St Leonards was the forerunner of the Kings Street Library, founded by Robert Redwood in 1615, the vicars being the first Librarians … and the Bristol Central Library results from this foundation1.

December 7, 2010
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St Lawrence

The church of St Lawrence shared a tower with St John-on-the-wall. It was demolished in 1580.

December 7, 2010
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St John

The church of St John-on-the-wall was built in the 1300’s thanks mainly to a benefactor, Walter Frampton who’s tomb is now in the church. He was three times Mayor of Bristol in 1357, 1365 and 1374.

December 7, 2010
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St James Priory

The church of St James was founded in 1129 as a Benedictine priory by the Earl of Gloucester. After the dissolution of the monasteries (1536-41), it became a parish church. It fell into disuse in the 1980s and since 1996 is has been used as a Catholic church.

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St Giles

St Giles church stood at the bottom of Small Street and was closed in about 1319.

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St Ewen

The church of St Ewen’s stood where the old Council House was built (now the Bristol Registry Office). It was demolished in 1820 and the parish had previously consolidated with Christchurch in 1788. The font from the old church (probably C17th) survives and can be seen in Christchurch. The full name of the consolidated parish is now “Christchurch with St Ewen”.

December 7, 2010
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Christchurch

Approximate mediaeval parish boundary superimposed on 1901 map

December 5, 2010
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St Augustine

This church was founded by the abbots of St Augustine’s monastery and is first mentioned in Gaunt’s deeds in 1240. It was rebuilt and restored a number of times and the churchyard was reduced in size more than once during the 19th century to make way for the expanding city. and those exhumed were reburied in Arnos Vale Cemetery. The church was damaged in WW2 air raids and the ruins were demolished in 1962; the land was then used for an extension to the adjoining hotel.