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IoE Number: 379331
Photographer: Mr Peter Frederick Rushby LMPA
Date Photographed: 05 September 1999
Date listed: 08 January 1959
Date of last amendment: 30 December 1994
Grade II*

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BRISTOL ST5873SE COLSTON AVENUE, Centre 901-1/11/554 (North side) 08/01/59 Church of St Mary-on-the-Quay (Formerly Listed as: COLSTON AVENUE Roman Catholic Church of St Mary-at-Quay) GV II* Catholic apostolic chapel, now Roman Catholic church. 1839-43. By RS Pope. Limestone ashlar, roof not visible. Cruciform plan with W sanctuary. Greek Revival style. Hexastyle portico of Greek Corinthian columns on a raised, vermiculated stylobate, with a dentil pediment inscribed on the entablature VIVAT CHRISTUS REX, and a distyle-in-antis inner porch reached by 2 converging flights of steps; a large doorway with battered, eared architrave and cornice, and plain doorways in the returns; lower, parapeted flanking blocks set back, and rusticated to the height of large, moulded blank recesses between paired Doric pilasters, with low doorways below; the rusticated walls break forward to the street, meeting short continuations of the stylobate. Pedimented transepts. N aisle 5 bays with tall narrow square-headed windows with glazing bars; similar S aisle. INTERIOR: top-lit chancel, with fluted and gilded columns to the back and 2 columns in antis to the front, chapel in the S transept, galleried N transept and panelled gallery on fluted cast-iron Doric shafts to the W, moulded doorways below the S windows along a 5-bay nave. The portico side doors give to stone steps up to the W gallery. C20 pews and lectern. HISTORICAL NOTE: Sold to the Catholics before completion because of financial problems. Forms a prominent element in the streetscape in Colston Avenue. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 241; An Inventory of Nonconformist Central England: Stell C: Gloucestershire: London: 1986-: 62).

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