Frenchay, Bristol - St John Fisher

Begbrook Park, Frenchay, Bristol BS16A

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A functional church-hall of the 1950s, of no architectural or historical significance but on a large site within a conservation area which is characterised by wide open spaces and commons. 

In 1940 a Mass centre was established near Frenchay in a large room above stables. Although a site for a church was purchased in 1950, lack of funds prevented a start being made on the building, and with the permission of the hospital authorities Mass was said there. In 1957 a presbytery was built at 56 Begbrook Park. In the following year a dual-purpose church and hall was built on land provided by the Burden Neurological Institute.

The church is not orientated; the liturgical east end faces south. The combined church/hall building is a simple functional building on a rectangular plan with a continuous pitched roof. The walls have artificial stone footings, the walls are rendered and the roof is covered with corrugated asbestos. The long side walls have small rectangular openings with uPVC windows. The entrance on the east side has a shallow canopy. Internally the main space is relatively narrow and has four windows on each side, with a folding screen available to enclose the windowless sanctuary area at the south end.

Diocese: Clifton

Architect: Not known

Original Date: 1958

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not listed