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Bristol Cathedral

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Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, England. The Abbey of Saint Augustine was the first building on the site, begun in 1140. In 1542 the abbey was declared a cathedral by Henry VIII
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Parts of Bristol Cathedral date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, but it was not completed until the building of these West Front towers in 1888
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Between 1539 and 1867 Bristol Cathedral had no nave, the original having been demolished at the Dissolution of the Monasteries to provide stone for other buildings. The nave seen here was built between 1867 and 1888.

The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity is the Anglican cathedral in the English city of Bristol and is commonly known as Bristol Cathedral.

Bristol Cathedral was founded as St Augustine's Abbey in 1140. The chapterhouse, still standing, dates from 1165, and the Elder Lady Chapel from 1220. The Norman abbey church was rebuilt from 1298 onwards, but the new church was still incomplete at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 and its nave was demolished. In 1542 the church was made the cathedral of a new Diocese of Bristol and was dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity.

The dimensions of Bristol Cathedral -

  • Total length, external - 300 ft (914 m)
  • Total Length, internal 284 ft (87 m)
  • Length of nave 125 ft (38 m)
  • Width, including aisles 69 ft (21 m)
  • Length of transept 115 ft (35 m)
  • Width of transept 29 ft (9 m)
  • Height to vault in nave 52 ft (16 m)
  • Height to vault in choir 50 ft (15 m)
  • Area 22,556 ft² (2096 m²)

The nave was eventually built during the 19th century and the building was completed by two towers at the west end in 1888. It is a "hall church" with nave, aisles and choir all at the same height, and the most significant example of a hall church in Britain. It is a grade I listed building.

Bristol is also home to a Roman Catholic cathedral, Clifton Cathedral. The Anglican parish church of St. Mary Redcliffe is so grand as to be occasionally mistaken for a cathedral by visitors.

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