Heritage Open Day - St. Thomas the Martyr - Bristol
OPEN HOUSE & DROP IN TOWER TOURS
Discover medieval Redcliffe, its origins and development over the centuries.
Located in Bristol’s city centre, St Thomas the Martyr church was designed in 1789 by local architect and carver James Allen to replace a medieval church deemed unsafe for use. Allen retained the fifteenth-century west tower of the old church, intending it to be ‘raised and modernised’ in a Classical fashion, but the plan was never carried out and the church is an unusual – but pleasing – blend of both periods.
Explore the church to find rare medieval fragments surviving from the old church before it was built anew in the 18th century.
Drop in tower tour (on the hour): Climb the medieval tower for extraordinary views of Redcliffe, and witness Bristol’s emerging new architecture and the changes taking place to the urban landscape.