Broadmead Baptist Church, Bristol UK
                                                           "The Church Above the Shops"

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The Rope Banister

The Church was founded in 1640. In the early days the congregation was subjected to persecution. The authorities would raid the services, hoping to catch and imprison the preachers. One of the ministers, Thomas Hardcastle was put in jail on seven occasions!

During raids the congregation would block the stairwell by holding on to the rope banister whilst the preacher escaped over the roof tops.

When the church was rebuilt in 1969 a rope banister was incorporated as a reminder of our past.