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Monday, December 20, 2010

St Mary Redcliffe Parish Church in Bristol

St Mary Redcliffe is a parish church located in the Redcliffe district of Bristol, close to the city centre. Constructed between the 12th and 15th centuries AD, the church is a Grade 1 listed building. St Mary Redcliffe is famous for the beauty of its Gothic architecture. Queen Elizabeth I described St Mary Redcliffe as, "the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England."

St Mary Redcliffe Parish Church in Bristol

St Mary Redcliffe is cruciform in plan with a nave (see below), chancel, and north and south transepts. The south transept contains the remains of Admiral Sir William Penn, father of William Penn, founder of the US state of Pennsylvania.

St Mary Redcliffe Parish Church in Bristol

Visitors to the North Transept at St Mary Redcliffe will find the chaotic pendulum (see below) which claims to defy scientific explanation and thus demonstrate the divine nature of the cosmos.

St Mary Redcliffe Parish Church in Bristol

St Mary Redcliffe is located on Colston Parade near central Bristol. Visitors to St Mary Redcliffe may also want to visit nearby Bristol Cathedral, City Museum, the Ye Shakespeare pub or Georgian House.

Parish Office
12 Colston Parade
Bristol, BS1 6RA
Tel: 0117 929 1487
St Mary Redcliffe Map

© 2010 John Westby

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