This walk threads around Redcliffe, home of Bristol poet Thomas Chatterton and presided over by the largest and most beautiful parish church in the country. Crass blocks of 1950s social housing dominate the southern fringes, while the inner circuit road cuts the suburb in half. As a consequence, St Mary Redcliffe and Chatterton's House are stranded in a sea of arterial roads. Could the traffic be diverted along the New Cut on a Parisian-style embankment, leaving the church tranquil in a new cathedral-type close? Should Chatterton's House and the remains of the School House be rescued as a fitting new memorial to the city's most unfortunate son?
Tim Mowl is an architectural and garden historian. He has run several successful courses in garden history and published numerous books on architecture and garden history including his famous county garden history series. He has published books on Bristol architecture and created popular walks in and around the city. Bristol Explored – Twelve Architectural Walks was published in March 2015.