[ELH] Dr Graham Jones: Bristol's medieval churches and their dedications



The medieval churches of Bristol: an urban cosmography

An interactive version of William Smith's 1568 map of Bristol

Smith indicated public buildings, including churches, by colouring them green within the built-up area of houses and other structures indicated by his use of red.

This is a clickable imagemap. Move the mouse over the top of the image of a church and the name of the church will appear in the status bar at the bottom. Click again and you will be linked to information about that church.

Two churches, the chapels of St George and The Three Kings of Cologne, are not coloured green and need to be searched for inside, and to the north of, the city walls, respectively.

A useful exercise is to compare the locations and dedications of Bristol's medieval churches with those shown on Speed's Map of Ipswich, made available on-line by Stephen Alsford.

Compare Smith's map also with Ricart's diagrammatic map of Bristol which appeared in 1479 and comes closer to a cosmographical idea of Bristol's urban space and plan, focused on the gates at the four cardinal points of the compass and a 'high cross' at the city's centre.

Some of the historic photographs on these pages appear either in Donald Jones, Bristol: A Pictorial History (Chichester, Phillimore, 1991), or in T.H.B Burrough, Bristol (London, Studio Vista, 1970).


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