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St Peter's Church, Bristol

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St Peter's is a ruined church in Castle Park, Bristol, England. It was bombed during World War II and is now preserved as a memorial.
The foundation of the church can be traced back to 1106 when it was endowed on Tewkesbury Abbey, with a 12th-century lower tower, the rest of the church being built in the 15th century. Excavations in 1975 suggest that this was the site of Bristol's first church; the 12th-century city wall runs under the west end of the present church. It was bombed during the Bristol Blitz of 24-25 November 1940 and ruined. It is maintained as a monument to the civilian war dead of Bristol.
It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.
The church ran St Peter's Hospital, a workhouse on St Peter's Street which was destroyed by bombing during the Bristol Blitz.
Parish records for St Peter's church, Bristol are held at Bristol Archives (Ref. P. St PE) (online catalogue) including a baptism register, marriage registers and a burial register. The archive also includes records of the incumbent, churchwardens, charities, societies and vestry plus plans and photographs. Some of these records were severely damaged when the church was bombed but duplicate entries of the parish registers can be found in the bishop's transcripts of these records.
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  • The foundation of St Peter’s church can be traced back to 1106 when it was endowed on Tewkesbury Abbey, with a 12th-century lower tower built during the reign of Henry 1st, the rest of the church bein...  more »
  • If you watch the BBC "Bombs that changed Britain" series you get a sense of the sacrifices made by the city and people of Bristol during the Blitz in World War Two. The bombing ripped the heart out of...  more »
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  • Great architecture but has a really strong Christian theme to the decor with lots of crosses / pictures of Jesus E.T.C. found this a bit off putting tbh. Some more soft furnishings and mellow tones would really set the space off and make it more accessible. The furniture situation generally was very rigid with all the seats looking quite uncomfortable and overly uniform. Who ever came up with the seating plan needs to relax and realise that maximising seats doesn't necessarily make for a good ambience.
  • Amazing place to see. Very beautiful surroundings. We took the ferry over which was nice as well. Really cool to see such an old building!
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