April 17 – A Church Micro day around Bristol

Redland and Cotham

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After a few days of staying home with the cats, we went out for a drive to find a few church micros.

The first was at the Redland Chapel where we were able to find a free car park and easily found the cache but the church was closed.  The church is approached along an avenue of plane trees. Beyond the gates, four Ionic pilasters “support” a pediment with a small lunette window and behind this rises an octagonal cupola on a square plinth. Apparently it has the finest Georgian architecture in Bristol and is grade I listed.

At Tyndale Baptist church we found a free half-hour park which allowed us to find the cache after collecting the numbers. This church was also closed. The Baptist church originally built in 1868 to the ambitious design of Samuel Hancorn but it was hit by a bomb in WWII and a new building was built in 1957 designed by Eustace Button. The new church mirrors the original building but along more simplistic lines. We also found a post office nearby too which I needed.

Rachael’s birthday is soon and she had noted on Facebook that she would like some postcards from her friends as a gift. We have been collecting postcards for her and the plan was to send one a day for a week but finding a post office was not always the easiest thing to do. I think we ended up sending her about 11 postcards in the end.

At St Mary’s church at Cotham, we had trouble collecting the numbers for the multi until we took a different tack and found the cache nearby. There are two ways of counting the numbers depending on where you start so you can get two different answers. Another closed church. St Mary’s was built between 1842 -43 by William Butterfield in the Perpendicular style.

Our last visit was St Matthew and St Nathanael church in Kingsdown. I did not understand the hint which was ‘trust the lies’ and could not find the cache. Mike had to stay in the car as he could not find a park for the car so I didn’t have his help.

After four closed churches, we decided to call it a day. It is no fun when we can not actually visit the church. This is, however, quite a normal thing. Churches in towns and cities tend not to be open whereas country churches are.