Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

St. Mary Redcliffe Church (Bristol)

St. Mary Redcliffe is one of the most famous churches in the country, and can be found in Bristol.

Elizabeth I described it as "the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England".

There is a huge collection of mediaeval roof bosses, including some very unusual ones. A boss in the nave is a sheila-na-gig, a pre-Christian female fertility symbol which appears to modern eyes to be obscene.

In the American chapel there is a statue of Elizabeth I, made of wood, and also a whale`s rib, given by John and Sebastian Cabot following their discovery of Newfoundland in 1497

There is a Decorated hexagonal North porch which dates to the late 13th century..

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