Christ Church with St Ewen


Christ Church, known in the twelfth century as Holy Trinity, was one of the three crossroads churches - the others being St Ewen's and All Saints - but lies at the apex of the north-east quadrant and may therefore represent an extension northwards from the probable (?tenth-century) planned Anglo-Saxon town.

A fair was held at the feast of Holy Trinity in the twelfth century at Bristol, where the church of Holy Trinity, with Norman, if not Saxon fabric, is recorded from 1147.

The 18th century was a time of change. Christ Church, which had existed for hundreds of years on this Wine Street/Broad Street corner, was demolished and a new church built on the site to William Paty's design.

The nearby church of St Hoyan or Ewen in Corn Street had been closed, (it was pulled down in 1820 for the Council House) so that dedication was combined with it. Hence the rather clumsy title of Christ Church with St Ewen.

The interior of the church has a particularly fine gilded ceiling. The organ was recently rebuilt.

 

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Dove's reference for the bells:

Bristol, Bristol, Christ Church, 10, 20cwt in E flat.  Mon 

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Photographs kindly supplied by Phil Draper, 2003

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