Saint Stephen Church, Bristol

Saint Stephen Church, Bristol

Located on Saint Stephen's Avenue, Saint Stephen's Church serves as the parish church for the city of Bristol. This historic church holds significant architectural and cultural importance, being designated as a grade I-listed building by Historic England.

Originally constructed in the 14th century on the grounds of an 11th-century church, Saint Stephen's Church underwent a major rebuilding project around 1470. The tower and east window were funded by John Shipward, a prominent figure who served as the Mayor of Bristol four times before his passing in 1473. The construction of the tower was entrusted to Benedict Crosse, a skilled mason.

One of the notable features of Saint Stephen's Church is its tower, which stands approximately 18 feet by 20 feet at its base and reaches a towering height of 152 feet. Initially housing six bells, the tower has seen replacements and additions over time, now boasting a total of twelve bells. The tower's design follows the architectural style commonly found in Somerset churches but incorporates a distinctive "Gloucestershire crown" adorned with arcaded battlements, pinnacles, and open-work arcading.

Inside the church, visitors can admire the exquisite 15th-century brass eagle lectern, a remarkable piece of craftsmanship from the era. Additionally, the iron sword rest, crafted by William Edney around 1710, was relocated to Saint Stephen's Church from Saint Nicholas Church.

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Sight Name: Saint Stephen Church
Sight Location: Bristol, England (See walking tours in Bristol)
Sight Type: Religious

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