CLIFTON CATHEDRAL

Bristol, Gloucestershire

Clifton Cathedral, Bristol, Gloucestershire

Full Dedication: Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
Became a Cathedral in 1973

A 19th Century Cathedral stood on this site until it was demolished for construction of the modern building at the end of the 1960s. Frankly, this was an error, as what was built in it's place in the years 1970-1973 was probably the ugliest church in Britain - and most certainly the ugliest Cathedral.

Even then it was known as the "ecclesiastical bargain of the century" due to the cheapness and quickness of it's construction, and like so much architecture of the 1960s and 1970s it serves the purpose of showing us that "innovation" does not count for everything, particularly for church architecture.

One wonders what the Catholic population of Bristol must have thought when they were first presented with this building to worship in!  That said, when I visited, the Cathedral was full of worshippers ... so they must have grown accustomed to it.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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