St Augustine's was created the cathedral for the Diocese of Bristol which was founded in 1540 by the division of the pre-Reformation diocese of Worcester. Previously it was St Augustine's Abbey, reputedly the longest 'hall' church in Europe when it was finally completed in the sixteenth century after several centuries of intermittent construction.
It has been suggested that the monastery originated before the Norman Conquest - perhaps even in the seventh century. Certainly the dedication in honour of St Augustine indicates a probable Anglo-Saxon and royal foundation, since this must be Augustine of Canterbury, not the Augustine of Hippo under whose Rule the abbey's canons lived following the monastery's reorganisation in the early twelfth century.
As for its location, it overlooks both the river Avon and the city - a visually dominant site for Bristol's principal religious foundation, even if not so elevated as the church of St Michael on the Mount.
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