St Mary Redcliffe Church

1762/4 - Aged: 10/12

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Chatterton was baptised in

St Mary Redcliffe church

1st January, 1753

He was Confirmed

Sometime Between 1762 to 1764

By Bishop Thomas Newton

A Man he was later to Despise

Mary Chatterton, and Dr. Lort (B11457)

Say that he was Confirmed in 1764.

Taylor states that if it was 1764

Then 'On the Last Epiphany'

Is not by Chatterton

Meyerstein Disagrees

And seems convinced

 That it is Chatterton's work. 

It's just another conundrum.

At around 10 years of age

Chatterton, according to his sister,

"Was more cheerful

After he began to write poetry," 

The engraving of St Mary Redcliffe,

By William Henry Toms,

Shows the church as

Chatterton would have seen it.

It lost its spire in 1446

After a lightning Strike.

Now let me introduce you

to the Kator family:

Mr Kator was a Sugar-Baker

His son, Henry, was a friend of


The Tom's Engraving of SMR

Adorned a Room

In the Kator House.

It is reasonable to assume

That Chatterton saw the engraving

And would have been entranced

By the historic detail.

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The details on the engraving is said to refute the claim by Rowleyites that Chatterton could only have learned the history of St Mary Redcliffe church

from the manuscripts in the Coffers of the Muniment Room.

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The image on the postcard shows the church after the spire was rebuilt in 1872. 

A mere 426 years after it was destroyed by a lightning strike.

The St Mary Redcliffe website has a great page about Chatterton. It has a couple of poetry readings and is well worth the visit: Visit the site to read more...