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St Mary le Port

The church of St Mary le Port was founded in Saxon times and stood within the earliest city walls. Its name is said to come from the fact that it was built near to the original quayside on the River Avon, before the construction of the new harbour on the River Frome.

St Mary le Port is a ruined parish church in the centre of Bristol, England. It is said to have been founded in Saxon times, and rebuilt and enlarged between the 11th and 16th centuries.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries the church was a very popular centre of evangelical, Protestant, and Calvinist teaching within Anglicanism.

The church was bombed in the Second World War on 24 November 1940. All that remains is the 15th century tower, a grade II listed building,[1] which during the latter years of the 20th century was surrounded by the buildings of Norwich Union and the Bank of England. A new building development was proposed in 2005.

It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

After the bombing in 1940 the congregation and their rector, William Dodgson-Sykes, moved to St John on the Wall Church, where the congregation remained, in gradually declining numbers, till this church building was closed for worship by the Church Commissioners in 1984 (after a protracted struggle by the congregation). The remaining congregation then moved to the Chapel of Foster's Almshouses, and joined the Church of England (Continuing) in 1995 . The C of E (Continuing) no longer lists a congregation in Bristol - some of the congregation joined with the new Free Presbyterian Church (Ulster) congregation in Horfield, Bristol.
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