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Saint Clement's Church, Bristol, Gloucester and Somerset, England


Notes: St Clement's church was a large church on the corner ofHoulton Street and Newfoundland Road. The foundation stonewas laid on May 24th 1854, the church opened in 1855. Thetower at the SW corner was never completed but the spireletreached a height of 65 feet. The architects wereS.B.Gabriel and J.H.Hirst.

If any of you have travelled into Bristol by car from theM32 motorway, you will have driven over the site of thechurch, maybe even stopped over it, for it is under thein-bound carriageway at the first set of traffic lights(the left turn is Houlton Street).

It all came to an end during the Second World War. In thewords of the then vicar Rev. G.R. Fooks "the actualdestruction of St Clement was not during a Bristol blitz,but on the Wednesday before the Good Friday blitz of 1941,when one odd plane dropped stuff causing a fire inBroadmead. The next Jerry to come over got his line on thatfire but missed by nearly 500 yards - and got us! Nothingelse fell in Bristol that night, 9th/10th April."
In fact, the destruction of the church was probably an aidto the diocese. In an area where slum clearances weretaking place even before the bombs fell, the population ofthe parish had reduced considerably. Within a minute ortwo's walk of this church were several others, St Paul, StAgnes, St Matthias on the Ropewalk, St Jude, and HolyTrinity. And of these only St Agnes remains in use today.


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