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February 5, 2009
From journal Beautiful Bristol
by GB from Devizes
Devizes, United Kingdom
November 17, 2004
The spire was added in the 19th century and rises 285 feet above the street. Queen Elizabeth the First visited Bristol and announced that it was "the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in the kingdom".
It is in every way comparable in size to a cathedral, with its 240-foot nave, open parapets, and massive flying buttresses.
Although Bristol was extensively bombed during World War Two, the church sustained little or no damage. It did however come perilously close on Good Friday, April 12th, 1941, when a massive bomb exploded in nearby Cumberland Road. Such was the force of the explosion that a huge length of iron tramway was torn up and projected through the air for over 300 yards, coming to rest embedded in the church grounds. That same iron track is still there today, 6 feet showing above ground and several feet buried beneath, with a simple plaque explaining its existence.