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City of Bristol (Unitary Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
ST 61563 75983



ST6175 BELL HILL, Stapleton 901-1/33/1938 (South East side) 01/11/66 Church of Holy Trinity


Church. 1857. By John Norton. Squared Pennant rubble with limestone dressings and slate roof. Aisled nave and west tower. Decorated Gothic Revival style. Tall E window to chancel with reticulated tracery, angle buttresses with gablets and carved mythical animals, and octagonal shafts to crocketed pinnacles. Hemi-hexagonal vestry with sprocketed roof to the N, 3-window range to the S. Weathered coped gable with Celtic cross. 5-bay aisles separated by buttresses; 3-light windows, carved corbel table and open traceried parapet. Steep porch in second bay from W end, with an open lancet doorway with cluster responds, C20 E doorway, stone benches and encaustic tiles. 3-stage tower with angle buttresses, splayed lancet W door with 3 orders and ball flowers, ogee hood with crockets and foliate finial and bishop's and king's head stops; 2-leaf door with traceried upper panels. 3-light first-floor windows, W clock with wooden hood on brackets, belfry lights with open tracery, corbel table and open traceried parapet, buttress pinnacles and gargoyles; stair tower in the corner with N aisle. Crocketed hexagonal broach spire with lucarnes and metal cross finial. INTERIOR: 3-bay chancel, open to the N organ chamber, with marble cluster columns and painted foliate capitals; alabaster reredos and marble floor; arched roof with moulded panels and angel corbels. 5-bay nave has piers with attached shafts and moulded capitals and hoods with foliate stops; moulded sill band beneath the aisle windows; arch-braced roof with wall posts to carved corbels in the nave, and cross-braced aisle roofs. W arch to narthex. FITTINGS: 3 rows of choir stalls in chancel with angel and poppy heads. Stone pulpit with ramped, curved steps. Alabaster font on brown marble shafts decorated with ogee arches and angels. Glass: S chancel window by Kempe 1887. The church commands a strong position and is considered one of the City's best Victorian churches. Norton was an influential local Ecclesiological architect, several of whose churches have been demolished. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 304; Crick C: Victorian Buildings in Bristol: Bristol: 1975-: 20).

Listing NGR: ST6156375983


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Books and journals
Crick, C , Victorian Buildings in Bristol, (1975), 20
Gomme, A H, Jenner, M, Little, B D G, Bristol, An Architectural History, (1979), 304


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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