[ELH] Bristol's medieval churches: The Three Kings



The Three Kings of Cologne, chapel of the almhouses at the top of Christmas Steps.

The late fifteenth-century bishop of Worcester, John Carpenter, devoted much energy to pastoral work in Bristol. Perhaps his interest in the Cologne cults was an influence in their commemoration in Bristol, of which one expression was the dedication of the chapel of the Three Kings at Fosterís Almshouses on Christmas Steps, built in 1492. It is likely, however, that the cult had arrived in Bristol very much earlier, as a result of trade with the Rhineland. Rotha Mary Clay wrote that the Bristol dedication was 'said to be' the choice of an abbot of Tewkesbury, but cited no source for this statement.


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Last updated: 18 January 1999 23:39
Dr G.R. Jones

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