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Church of St John the Baptist, Bristol
(4/5 based on a few reviews on the web)
The Church of St John the Baptist, is an Anglican parish church in Keynsham Somerset, England. It was built around 1250 and has been designated as a Grade II* listed building.Begun in 1292, the Anglican parish church of St John the Baptist gradually evolved until taking its present general form during the reign of Charles II, after the tower collapsed into the building during a storm in 1632. The tower, built over the north-east corner of the nave, now rises in three stages over the Western entrance and is surmounted by a pierced parapet and short croketted pinnacles and is said to have been built from the ruins of the abbey church. The south aisle and south porch date from 1390. The chancel, then the responsibility of Keynsham Abbey, was rebuilt in 1470 and further restoration was carried out in 1634–1655, following the collapse of the tower. There is a pulpit dating from 1634 and is also a screen of the same age which shuts off the choir vestry. Further restoration work was undertaken by Benjamin Ferrey 1861-1863.A former organ is said to have stood in the church, but "had tones so mellow" that Handel bargained for it, offering a peal of bells in exchange. The offer was accepted. The musician went off with the organ and the bells were delivered. There are eight bells in total, some made by the Bilbie family of Chew Stoke, the smallest bears these lines:
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  • This historic church is situated built into the old city walls and the only other one i know of is situated in Winchester , A superb church with many interesting features and fine examples of medieval...  more »
  • On the original wall built. Historical and well preserved. Handsome explanation by lokalevrijwilligers. Recommended.
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  • we visited this church by chance as passing through when we spotted the open door,we were greeted by a friendly enthusiastic lady who showed us around and told us about the interesting history of the ...  more »
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