Bristol Cathedral removes Edward Colston windows following Black Lives Matter protests

Bristol Cathedral (pictured) and St Mary Redcliffe Church have removed dedications to slave trader Edward Colston. Credit: Bristol Cathedral

Stained glass windows dedicated to slave trader Edward Colston have been removed from Bristol Cathedral.

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Rev Vivienne Faull, confirmed the windows were removed on 15 June, describing it as a “symbolic moment” for the city.

It comes after a statue of the slave trader was pulled down during a recent Black Lives Matter protest, and dumped in the harbour.

Windows depicting Colston have also been removed from St Mary Redcliffe Church.

The stained glass windows at St Mary Redcliffe Church. Credit: St Mary Redcliffe Church

References to Colston have been removed from a number of Bristol-based organisations following the toppling of his statue.

Earlier this week, music venue Colston Hall removed signage from their building and letters were also taken down from Colston Tower.

The statue - which was recovered from the harbour by Bristol City Council last week - is to be displayed as part of a future exhibition at M-Shed.

Black Lives Matter placards left next to the plinth in Colston Avenue following its removal will also feature in the exhibition.