College Green and the Cathedral, Bristol

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  • College Green and skateboarders

    by jubileegirl Written Jun 25, 2004

    You always know when spring is in the air because people start gathering on College Green! With the backdrop of the council House and Cathedral there are worse places to sunbathe with your mates!
    It's also THE spot for skateboarders so can be a bit hairy at times (they also like to skate down the middle of nearby Park Street when the traffic lights top and bottom are red. Now, that IS a bit heart-in-your-mouth to see!)
    I don't mind the skateboarders but there's an ongoing battle to have them evicted. Recently the cathedral complained as the noise of the boards could be heard inside and it was supposedly disturbing the worshippers.

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    The Council House

    by KennetRose Updated Dec 9, 2002

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    Or the Count's Louse, as it's called by the locals.

    The city council is Bristol's largest employer , which means that the principal industry of this city of half a million people is administering itself.

    The headquarters is this rather impressive building on College Green, with gilded unicorns on the flanking towers. Inside on the entrance floor, the curving corridor with its stone-faced walls appears to go on forever, giving it the feel of an Art Deco space station.

    The solid oak chairs in the committee rooms have some kind of conservation order on them and can't be changed. They are also incredibly uncomfortable, so if you are stuck for hours in a tedious meeting of Corporate Services (Contracts) Sub then that's just too bad.

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    The Lord Mayor's Chapel

    by KennetRose Written Dec 4, 2002

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    If the cathedral is rather disappointing, then this little 14-15th century church facing it across College Green is a gem.

    Following a spat between the city and the cathedral authorities in the 18th century, the city adopted the church as its own. It is the only church in the UK under the ownership of a local authority, and is used for civic church services through out the year.

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    Bristol Cathedral

    by KennetRose Written Dec 4, 2002

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    This one, not St Mary Redcliffe or the University Wills Building, is the real thing.

    It's not the greatest of English cathedrals but it's pleasant enough. Only the east end and part of the tower is genuinely medieval, the rest is Victorian restoration. Inside, look out for the Saxon bas relief "The Harrowing of Hell" - quite the nicest thing about it.

    On 12 March 1994 I stood outside the west door in the rain to cheer on the first women to be ordained priest in the Church of England. I was also looking out for demonstrations by church conservatives - but the only demo was by Roman Catholics wanting women priests of their own!

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