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Christ Church, BARTON HILL


This picture is the only one that I have in my collection, an old newspaper cutting from the 1950s. It shows the apsidal east end of the chancel and the base of an unfinished tower.

Christ Church was built in 1883-5 to the designs of C.F.Hansom. Every window was of a cusped circle over two lights, paired in the clerestory. Houses adjoined the west end, and a parish hall at the south west corner. The church consisted of a fived bayed nave and aisles, and two bayed apsidal chancel with tower to the north and ?a chapel to the south. The chancel had a groined roof "based on that of Warmington, Northants." It accomodated 600 worshippers.

The last service was held in 1958. The church was demolished shortly afterwards. Dr Aidan Dodson has confirmed that it used to stand in Ducie Road, close to Lawrence Hill railway station, and the present non-Conformist church of the c1960 indeed occupies the site.

The following text was sent to me by George Gardiner for use on this page. It comes from the text for a leaflet about the history of St Luke, used with permission, and reproduced infull on that page. He has also found the following picture on the cover of the parish magazine for December 1909.

Meanwhile in 1881 a Bishop's Commission was set up to evaluate the ministry in the whole of East Bristol. The result of this was that in 1883 arrangements were in hand to create a Chapel of Ease to spread the work load encountered by the vicar of St. Luke's. The foundation stone for Christ Church, Barton Hill was laid on 21st July 1883 and the completed church on the corner of Lincoln Street and Ducie Road was consecrated on 12th November 1885. Christ Church became a parish in its own right in May 1886. The Great Western Railway providing the new boundary with St. Luke's.

Christ Church was closed in 1957 and demolished soon after. The parish returned to St. Luke's now renamed St. Luke with Christ Church. St. Luke's was again closed for several months in 1960 for major repairs and interior redecoration. It was at this time that the painted murals and much of the other interior decorations from the Jubilee project were lost. The result however was to give the church a much brighter appearance. The Mosaics on the north wall by the font and the stained glass in the east window of the church came from Christ Church at this time.

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