Arno's Court Triumphal Arch

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Arno's Court Triumphal Arch
Rear of Arno's Court Triumphal Arch
General information
Town or cityBristol
ClientWilliam Reeve
Design and construction
ArchitectJames Bridges

Coordinates: 51°26′31″N 2°33′37″W / 51.4419°N 2.5603°W / 51.4419; -2.5603

Arno's Court Triumphal Arch (grid reference ST612716) is an 18th-century monument in Junction Road, Brislington, Bristol, England.


The arch was built around 1760 by James Bridges, for William Reeve, a prominent local Quaker and businessman. It is built from Bath stone, of classical proportions but with Gothic and Moorish detail.[1]

In its current position, next to the main A4 road, it marked the entrance to the (since demolished) Arno's Court Bath House. A plaque on the arch states that it was moved from its original position, at the entrance to the Black Castle, in 1912 and was fully renovated in 1995.[2]

The arch was designated as Grade II* listed in 1959.[1]


Front of the arch

The niches on each side of the arch once contained carvings from the demolished City Gates. The rear elevation is much simpler than the front, and includes a carving of the City's coat of arms.[1]

The four statues which decorate the archway are 20th-century copies of 13th- and 14th-century originals. The original statues of King Edward I and King Edward III were set in one of the deep niches on the western side that have tent-like canopies. The original statues were taken from Bristol's Lawfords' Gate that was demolished around the time of construction of the arch. Those on the east-side are 13th-century figures from Bristol's Newgate representing Robert, the builder of Bristol Castle, and Geoffrey de Montbray, bishop of Coutances, builder of the fortified walls of Bristol. The originals of all four were removed due to their deteriorating condition in 1898 and they are now in the St Nicholas's Church Museum.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Arno's Court Triumphal Arch (11203684)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Bristol - Brislington". Bristol. Archived from the original on 4 April 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2007.
  3. ^ "Four figures on Arno's Gateway". Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2007.