Weʼve raised £98 to Help maintain the rich heritage of Foster's Almshouse and the Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne.
- Funded on Tuesday, 2nd February 2021
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Almshouses were built from the 10th century in Britain as charitable housing.
Wealthy merchant John Foster founded Foster's Almshouse in 1483 to provide accommodation for Bristol's poor, elderly and disadvantaged.
The Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne was created for use of the residents of the Almshouse. The Christmas Steps still contains the stone seats where the residents collected alms at certain times of the religious year.
The Almshouse was reconstructed in 1883 by architects Foster and Wood. Coincidently the head architect was also named John Foster.
John Foster often travelled overseas to trade and it is believed that the Chapel was based on the Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral.
The statues of the Three Kings on the Chapel were added c1960, created by Ernst Pascoe.
Celebrated stained glass artist Patrick Pollen created the nativity scene that can be viewed from Christmas Steps in 1963.
It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade ll* listed building.
The rich history and detail of the building is maintained by the residents, if you are willing to help with the maintenance, any donations are gratefully received.
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Nov 3, 2020
Profit from selling cards on etsy of the Almshouses sept/oct 2020
Sep 21, 2020
I love this beautiful Bristol landmark. It’s crazy that there aren’t heritage grants to repair the roof.
John & Liz
Sep 20, 2020
A very interesting hour learning about the armshouses.
Aug 8, 2020
Walked past this everyday after work and now i'm working from home I miss seeing it.
Jul 30, 2020
Please don't get anybody stuck in the basements.
Jul 27, 2020
This amazingly eccentric Bristol landmark is too valuable to lose. Lindsay USA.
Jul 27, 2020
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