Temple Church, Bristol

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Temple Church

Victoria Street





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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Chapel/church
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A ruined Church, destroyed in the Blitz on 24 November 1940, retained as a ruin in mute testimony and remembrance to the destruction of Bristol in the war. There is a metal interpretation board at the Church entrance
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ENGLISH HERITAGE/TEMPLE CHURCH/The Bombed Church/Temple Church was bombed during the/Second World War in the Bristol Blitz of/1940. After the war many of the damaged/buildings in the city were demolished, but Temple Church was too important/to Bristol's history to be knocked down.// On Sunday 24 November 1940 German bombers/destroyed a huge swath of medieval Bristol,/including large parts of the area known as Temple./After the war the Ministry of Works carried out/repairs to strengthen the ruins of the church./Arches in the chancel and side chapel were filled/in with bricks and reinforced. The orange render/that covers the supports can still be seen today.// During the medieval period, Temple was where/cloth workers lived and worked. In 1299 the/Guild of Weavers built their own chapel dedicated/to St Catherine in the north corner of the church. /Temple Church was one of Bristol's largest/and most important Churches, partly due/to the wealth of the weavers.


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