St Peter's Church
St Peter's Church
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Uncle Badger
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK405 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The bombed out, ruined church should be a poignant war memorial. Sadly, it falls short, largely because of the scuzzy park around it.

The park seems to be a magnet for all the left of centre quirky types who claim to be tolerant and liberal but who actually hate anybody who doesn’t think like them. Strong smell of marijuana as well.

Avoid.
Written July 31, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
St Peter's Church is located in Castle Park. If you are hoping to catch a service you will be disappointed as it was bombed during the WWII so is no longer used.

It is largely intact and the architecture is quite striking. There are places to sit nearby and enjoy the view of the church and the surrounding area.
Written April 10, 2023
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Russ L
Bristol, UK435 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
The foundation of St Peter’s church can be traced back to 1106 when it was endowed on Tewkesbury Abbey, with a 12th-century lower tower built during the reign of Henry 1st, the rest of the church being built in the 15th century.
Excavations in 1975 suggest that this was the site of Bristol's first church; the 12th-century city wall runs under the west end of the present church. It was bombed during the 1940 Bristol Blitz. It is maintained as a monument to the civilian war dead of Bristol.
The church ran St Peter’s Hospital, a workhouse located between the church and the Floating Harbour, which was also destroyed by bombs during WWII.
St Peter’s church has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building.
Don't forget to visit the Physic Garden on the south side of the church!
Written March 13, 2019
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reece h
Romsey, UK146 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
If you watch the BBC "Bombs that changed Britain" series you get a sense of the sacrifices made by the city and people of Bristol during the Blitz in World War Two.
The bombing ripped the heart out of the city and many lives were lost.

The district around St Peter's bore the brunt of the action and what was the heart of the city disappeared .

So we went to see the memorial to all this.

Nothing to inform the visitor of the scale of the destruction...no access to the ruins...all padlocked gates...as far as the casual observer would see it.... just a shell of an old church in a park.

History should teach us to avoid the horrendous mistakes of the past, but we need to be properly informed and educated by past events. Almost 70 years ago this site was hell on earth for the inhabitants of Bristol...
Who would pick that up from this park now ??
Written February 26, 2019
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One_of_the_BOFs
Cheltenham, UK7,261 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
I came across this former church when walking through Castle Park on a path to 'recover' from a pretty heavy night out with one of my sons exploring the beer havens of Bristol. The ruins have been internally reinforced to ensure their longevity, but the exterior still looks pretty impressive and so it's worth a quick visit if you're in the locality.
Written December 23, 2018
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK6,572 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
St Peter’s Church (along with Temple Church) were largely destroyed in the Bristol Blitz in November 1940. Situated in Castle Park the church was built between the 12th and 15th century the church has a very typical English look to it. Best views are from Bristol Bridge. You cannot enter the building.
Written November 9, 2018
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Ayumi S
33 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
From afar this ruin looked promising but you can only look from the outside. There were some teenagers milling about, smoking or socialising so I just quickly took a two-minute stroll around and that was it. Worth taking a quick look if you’re visiting the castle park anyway.
Written September 21, 2018
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Danks Knows
Shoalhaven, Australia2,070 contributions
Jul 2018
St Peter’s church in Bristol is an abandoned facade now. The church, located in Castle Park, is basically a memorial now to those killed during the bombing of Bristol in World War 2. You could not enter the church when we were there. It is run down now and more could be done with it.
Written July 2, 2018
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