St Mary Redcliffe

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From the age of thirteen to twenty-two, Symonds’ education took him frequently away from Bristol: first as a boarder at Harrow, and then as a student and fellow at Oxford. On his journeys from Bristol, he recalled “a point at the end of the station, where I always stand to take my last look at St Mary Redcliff & Clifton Church & our trees.”

Symonds’ father was president of the Canynge Society, which raised funds to restore the appearance of the church. He died in 1871, a year before the completed reconstruction of the spire, which had been missing since the 15th century.