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Church of St Peter

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

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Latitude: 51.4554 / 51°27'19"N

Longitude: -2.5897 / 2°35'22"W

OS Eastings: 359122

OS Northings: 173096

OS Grid: ST591730

Mapcode National: GBR C9K.84

Mapcode Global: VH88N.2P85

Plus Code: 9C3VFC46+44

Entry Name: Church of St Peter

Listing Date: 8 January 1959

Last Amended: 5 July 1995

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1282177

English Heritage Legacy ID: 380175

ID on this website: 101282177

Location: Castle Park, Box Makers Yard, Bristol, BS1

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Parish: Non Civil Parish

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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901-1/40/184 (South side)
08/01/59 Church of St Peter


Church. C12 lower tower, the rest C15. Pennant rubble with
limestone ashlar dressings to an open shell without roof or
Aisled, unclerestoreyed nave and W tower. Early Perpendicular
Gothic. c1950 rebuilt E end of plain rubble; S aisle has a
5-light E window with alternate tracery. N aisle of 7 bays
articulated by buttresses, with a deep plinth: small C15 four-
and 2-light cinquefoil-headed windows with square heads in the
E bay, an octagonal rood stair tower against the buttress of
the second bay, and a large chamfered bullseye in the middle
one; the sixth bay is windowless, and there are 5-light
windows in the remainder; arched door in the W bay has shafts
to polygonal moulded capitals within a continuous casement
moulding with Tudor flowers, and an arch of sandstone
Broader S aisle of 6 bays with wide 5-light windows between
buttresses, and a late Perpendicular E window, blind below a
transom. The W ends of the aisles are gabled, a narrow 3-light
window with mullions to top of the arch in the N side, and a
5-light window in the S. A large, square, unbuttressed 3-stage
tower flush with the aisles: a wide doorway with 3 orders
separated by hollow mouldings below a rubble relieving arch;
3-light window above, and a small 2-light flat-headed window
to the second stage; the belfry has a 2-light louvred window,
a cornice with gargoyles on the corners and a crenellated
parapet with crocketed pinnacles.
INTERIOR: roofless and undecorated: 3-bay arcade on the N side
with stairs to rood; broad S aisle, with windows the width of
the bay sharing a half-round shaft. The base of the tower and
arcades are reinforced with concrete. HISTORICAL NOTE:
excavations of 1975 suggest that this was the site of
Bristol's first church; the C12 city wall runs under the W end
of the present church. It was gutted in the Second World War,
and preserved as a ruin by the City; the concrete was put in
in 1974.
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 59; Smith M Q: The Medieval Churches
of Bristol: Bristol: 19).

Listing NGR: ST5912273096

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