Heritage Open Days: Positive Perspectives of St Thomas the Martyr Bristol CANCELLED

Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Bristol
10th September 2022

In light of the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, CCT will be cancelling this event in line with the Government Guidance on National Mourning. A virtual CCT Book of Condolence will be available for people to sign online, details of which will shortly appear on our website. We hope people will feel able to use our churches as places for quiet reflection on the life of our wonderful Queen.

Don’t doubt St Thomas’ potential: celebrate conservation, climb the tower, listen to music, enjoy refreshments & marvel at its versatility by exploring this Mediaeval/Georgian hybrid of a hidden gem tucked away in the centre of Bristol.

Join us to learn about the conservation works recently completed to repair several roofs and functional and decorative stonework on the medieval tower. If you have a head for heights, take a tower tour and see some great views of Bristol. Enjoy listening to a selection of local musical talent who love using the Church for its amazing acoustics and sample some food from our Romanian Orthodox community.
Located in Bristol's city centre, this handsome late eighteenth-century 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. Little now survives of the old parish buildings, once home to rich clothiers, glovers, glassmakers, and wine importers whose trading activities supported the church. One of the few remaining inns of the parish is the Seven Stars Tavern, right next to St Thomas', where campaigner, Reverend Thomas Clarkson, gathered information on the Transatlantic Slave Trade. His evidence helped bring about the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Britain.

Booking Details

No booking required


Steps up from footpath at both doors. Ramp used inside the church

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Max 10 people per tour/session. 30 mins no need to pre-book but spaces limited to 10 & sign up sheets available in the Church from 10.00am 

Contact for the day: Angharad Muir Davies (Business Support Officer, West) - 0117 9291766

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Opposite Bristol Civic Justice Centre and Fleece Venue. St Thomas Street is to the south west of Bristol Bridge near intersection of Redcliff Street and Victoria Street. Close to bus routes to city centre and bus station. Bus and coach terminus 1 mile. Bus route numbers 51/54/57/57A/70/178/339/349/379/672. Nearest railway station: Bristol Temple Meads (0.25 mile).

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