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Bristol Friends Meetinghouse

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1711. Wood and Market sts.

Bristol's second meetinghouse replaces the wooden building where William Penn would have worshipped. The first portion of the new meeting was constructed in brick laid in Flemish bond with glazed headers that are visible where bits of the present stucco coat have fallen off. Before the Revolution, the building was doubled with a rubble stone addition that followed the generally symmetrical model of the Buckingham meetinghouse ( BU27) with a central operable dividing wall. The whole was then stuccoed and fronted with a porch, giving it the appearance of the typical double meetinghouse. However, the staggered rhythm of windows of the upper floor makes the addition obvious.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas

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