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St Barnabas

Knowle West


This church stands in what Bristolians refer to as Knowle West, an area which has not appeared on maps, although it has on bus destination boards! St Barnabas was built in a close to the north of Daventry Walk in 1938 and replaced a temporary church erected in 1933. The architect was C.F.W.Denning and his building was huge. The exterior is of red brick, the interior of concrete. The style was a simplified classical style in my view (especially inside) although others have called in Romanesque. The nave had low passage aisles and there is a bellcote on the gable of the south transept.

The church proved too large for the needs of the parish and the nave was demolished in the 1980s and replaced by housing. The crossing and transepts are now used as a church hall and the chancel is now the whole church, screened off on my last visit here in the early 1990s by a heavy curtain.



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