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Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral was founded as St Augustine's Abbey in 1140 by Robert Fitzharding, a wealthy local landowner and royal official. The original abbey church, of which only fragments remain, was constructed between 1140 and 1148.

Bristol's Anglican (Church of England) Cathedral at College Green contains a number of monuments to wealthy and important Bristolians including some who made their money from slavery and some who fought against it!

Content generated during research for the paperback book 'Bristol: Ethnic Monorities and the City 1000-2001' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-477-5 ) for the England's Past for Everyone series

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