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City Museum, Former Church of St Nicholas

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bristol, City of Bristol

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Latitude: 51.454 / 51°27'14"N

Longitude: -2.5922 / 2°35'32"W

OS Eastings: 358945

OS Northings: 172940

OS Grid: ST589729

Mapcode National: GBR C8K.PN

Mapcode Global: VH88N.0QY8

Plus Code: 9C3VFC35+H4

Entry Name: City Museum, Former Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 8 January 1959

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1202553

English Heritage Legacy ID: 380490

Location: Bristol, BS1

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Bristol St Stephen with St James and St John the Baptist with St Michael and St George

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Listing Text


901-1/16/662 (South side)
08/01/59 City Museum, former Church of St


Church, now a museum. Mid C14, completely rebuilt above the
crypt 1769, by James Bridges, steeple and interior by Thomas
Paty. Bath stone ashlar and Pennant rubble.
PLAN: nave and W tower. Georgian Gothic Revival style.
EXTERIOR: windowless E end projecting to the centre,
articulated by slight diagonally-set buttresses; below a
moulded string are C14 rubble crypt walls with quatrefoil
openings. 7-bay N elevation, a re-set C15 three-light mullion
window in the E bay and an inserted C20 door to the W of that;
tall 5-light Perpendicular windows separated by buttresses up
to a blind arcaded parapet.
The crypt wall is exposed on the S side through the falling
ground, and has a gabled porch in the second bay from the W;
parapeted vestry in the SW corner has a 4-light S window.
2-stage tower: the N door has an ogee hood, with C20 glazing
and small entrance lobby; above is an 8-foil oculus; the
belfry has paired windows with ogee hoods, the bottom half
blind, the top louvred, and clasping pilaster buttresses,
panelled in 2 halves with trefoil heads to the belfry, a coved
cornice and open arcaded parapet, with pinnacles with ogee
gablets; on the S face is a clock. Octagonal 3-stage spire
with oculi around the middle stage.
INTERIOR: largely rebuilt after Second World War bombing. The
fine mid C14 crypt is 4 bays with tierceron vaulting and good
animate and foliate bosses, on triple attached shafts to the
aisles with foliate capitals, and continuous moulding to the
arcade; at the E end is an arched panel with good figure stops
and a hexafoil panel.
FITTINGS: C18 baluster-shaped font; brass eagle lectern c1480.
Memorials: C16 wall memorial with a panelled base, flanking
buttresses with pinnacles, an arch over with panelled soffit
and an effigy on one elbow.
HISTORICAL NOTE: The mid C14 church was demolished in 1762;
Bridges' design, building off the old crypt, was an early and
remarkably well-studied attempt at Gothic revival, and the
windows have similarities with those of St Peter's, Peter
Street (qv). The interior had a very fine Rococo plaster
ceiling by Thomas Stocking (Ison).
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 171; Ison W: The Georgian Buildings
of Bristol: Bath: 1952-: 65; The Buildings of England: Pevsner
N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 404).

Listing NGR: ST5894572940

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