St Mary Redcliffe


The church, a Grade I listed building and one of the largest parish churches in England, was famously described by Queen Elizabeth I as "the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England.” Parts of the church date from the beginning of the 12th century. Although its plan dates from an earlier period, much of the church as it now stands was built between 1292 and 1370, with the south aisle and transept in the decorated gothic of the 13th century and the greater part of the building in the late 14th-century perpendicular. Interior alterations and stained glass additions were made in the 15th century. In 1446 much of this work was damaged when the spire was struck by lightning, and fell, causing damage to the interior. The upper part of the spire was reconstructed in 1872 to a height of 292 ft.

St Mary Redcliffe Church is in the process of planning for a major development of its facilities to support its ambition of becoming a thriving Christian community, a welcoming heritage attraction and an effective parish church.The project will include the construction of new buildings to house improved visitor facilities, provide sufficient space for church operations, and house new exhibition spaces that can help tell the story of St Mary Redcliffe. A Project Development Grant was awarded to help fund a feasibility study in preparation for a Round 1 Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

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