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Weʼre raising £10,000 to Help maintain the rich heritage of Foster's Almshouse and the Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne.

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Foster’s Almshouse

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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    • Jane Carter

      Jane Carter

      Nov 3, 2020

      Profit from selling cards on etsy of the Almshouses sept/oct 2020

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 21, 2020

      I love this beautiful Bristol landmark. It’s crazy that there aren’t heritage grants to repair the roof.

      £13.00

    • John & Liz

      John & Liz

      Sep 20, 2020

      A very interesting hour learning about the armshouses.

      £5.00

    • Jane

      Jane

      Aug 8, 2020

      Walked past this everyday after work and now i'm working from home I miss seeing it.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 30, 2020

      Please don't get anybody stuck in the basements.

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 27, 2020

      This amazingly eccentric Bristol landmark is too valuable to lose. Lindsay USA.

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 27, 2020

      £10.00

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