Past, Present & Future
Past - St. Michael on the Mount (Without)
The original church on the site was Norman. As it was outside the original city walls it was known as St Michael on the Mount Without. The tower was added in the 15th century. Bells were installed in the tower in 1739. By the 1760s the population of the city and parish had grown requiring expansion of church. A survey by Thomas Paty described the fabric of the old building as "ruinous" and, as a result demolition of everything except the tower was undertaken and it was rebuilt. It has an aisled nave, chancel and north and south porches, along with the older tower in the west.
There was a tradition at the church of distributing large buns known as Colston Buns or Tuppenny Starvers to local children on Easter Tuesday. Since the closure of the church this has been continued at the local primary school. The bells are still regularly rung by the University of Bristol Society of Change Ringers (UBSCR).
It was damaged in 1941 during the Bristol Blitz and the fire caused by incendiary bombs left it without a roof but it was considered repairable.
The church closed in 1999 due to falling attendances and has been boarded up since then. Some walls are covered in ivy and are in shadow from overgrown trees. Various plans had been put forward for the church's future use, but sadly stalled, restarted then finally stopped.
In October 2016 the building caught fire, with reports of the roof collapsing. Fifteen fire engines from Avon Fire and Rescue Service attended. They said that the fire was started deliberately.
Good News though! After many years of wanting be be involved with and restore the church, Norman Routledge has become Third time lucky and is ready with his team to bring St. Michael back to life and add some more history to this wonderful church.
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