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Bristol Cathedral

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Bristol Cathedral began life as a Norman abbey church, became an Anglican Cathedral after the Dissolution in 1539, and was almost entirely rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style in the late 19th century.

History

Bristol Cathedral began as the Norman St. Augustine's Abbey in 1140. The chapterhouse, still standing, dates from 1165, and the Elder Lady Chapel from 1220.

The Norman abbey church was rebuilt from 1298 onwards, but the new church was still incomplete at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 when its nave was demolished.

In 1542 the church was made the cathedral of a new Diocese of Bristol and was dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity.

The nave was eventually built during the 19th century and the building was completed by two towers at the west end in 1888.

What to See

Bristol Cathedral is a hall church with nave, aisles and choir all at the same height, and the most significant example of a hall church in Britain. It is a Grade I listed building.

Bristol is also home to a Roman Catholic cathedral, Clifton Cathedral. And the Anglican parish church of St. Mary Redcliffe is so grand as to be occasionally mistaken for a cathedral by visitors.

Quick Facts on Bristol Cathedral

Site Information
Names:Bristol Cathedral
City:Bristol
Country:England
Categories:Cathedrals
Faiths:Christianity; Catholic; Anglican
Styles:Neo-Gothic
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Bristol, England
Coordinates:51.451674° N, 2.600895° W  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Bristol Cathedral

Below is a location map and aerial view of Bristol Cathedral. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.

References

  1. Bristol Cathedral - official website
  2. Bristol Cathedral - Anglican Diocese of Bristol
  3. Bristol Cathedral - Frommer's Attraction Review
  4. Ancient Diocese of Bristol - Catholic Encyclopedia

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Title:Bristol Cathedral
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:07/30/2010
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