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St John on the Wall, Bristol

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Cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust, St John on the Wall is a heritage attraction in the heart of medieval Bristol.

With new interactive displays and activities being launched in summer 2016, visitors will be able to discover medieval Bristol from the elegant upper church and the hidden crypt below.

Sitting over the old North gate into the city, it was built in the 14th-century as a place for travellers to offer prayers before a journey.

The building of St John’s coincided with a period of great prosperity for Bristol. Walter Frampton (died 1388), who was mayor of the city three times, founded the church, and his splendid monument stands in the chancel. His effigy lies on a tombchest decorated with heraldic shields, with a long-tailed dog at his feet.

Other monuments in the chancel, and in the early 14th-century vaulted crypt beneath, testify to the wealth and business activity of the city, in Medieval times and later. See, for example, the alabaster tomb in the crypt of a merchant and his wife, with their ten children represented in panels below.

The interior of the church is impressively tall and graceful, with fine fittings dating mostly from the 17th-century. On the north side of the church, built into the city wall is a fountain, a branch of a conduit installed to bring water to the Carmelite Friary 700 years ago. It is said that at election times in the past it was sometimes made to run with wine.
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  • St John on the Wall is no longer an active church, but it is kept open by the church's conservation trust. It is a good example of a medieval church that managed to survive the blitz of Bristol during...  more »
  • This is hidden in the old city wall, a gem indeed, full of history. Very knowledgeable volunteers to take you through the timeline. Has to be seen! Steep steps down into the crypt!  more »
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  • Visited this Church as part of Bristol Open Doors. Was not disappointed. A step back in time and well looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust. Also descovered the very old churchyard tucked away in Taylors Court.
  • Fascinating and beautiful medieval church in the Old city walls. Entry is free but a donation appreciated. Staffed by volunteers.
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