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Bristol Cathedrals, Churches and Chapels

Bristol, S.W.England

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There follows a list of Bristol Churches, Anglican, Roman Catholic and Orthodox, past and present, within the Bristol County boundary. Brief comments follow, together with the present status of the building. A link to a more detailed page on this site or another site is provided where appropriate, usually through the heading, or in the case of multiple sites via a separate button. The list is alphabetical but ignoring "Holy" or "Saint." The church is Anglican (Church of England) unless mentioned. Scroll down for details or use the search box below - although this will search my entire content not just the Bristol pages.

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If anyone has any old pictures of Bristol churches, especially those of churches since demolished, rebuilt or altered, please contact me with details! Although I have built up a fair collection of cuttings, brochures and photos there are some churches I have only poor pictures of and there are others that I have never seen pictures of at all. Thank you.

Visually Bristol has spread beyond its boundaries. Please note that the churches at Filton, Patchway, Frenchay, Downend, Mangotsfield, Kingswood, Soundwell, Hanham (all South Gloucestershire) and Leigh Woods (North Somerset) & Whitchurch (North-East Somerset) are outside of the city boundary, and therefore not on the Anglican/Roman Catholic list. However details on some of the outlying non-Conformist churches may be found on the relevant page(s).

A major project continuing is to create a webpage for each of the churches listed below, with some text but mainly pictures. Some of these may only be scanned newspaper cuttings (because that is all I have) but that is better than nothing! Otherwise they will be a mix of my photos and old postcards etc. If any picture I use is considered copyright, please let me know and I will remove it.
PLEASE CHECK BACK FROM TIME TO TIME AS PAGES WILL BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION OR PICTURES COME TO LIGHT.
In July 2000 and again in November 2001 this web-site was featured on BBC Radio Bristol. It has also been featured in The Three Crowns, Bristol's Diocesan newspaper.

CATHEDRALS

BRISTOL Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity

Bristol's medieval cathedral founded in 1542 by Henry VIII. The abbey church of St Augustine became the cathedral church. The nave and west towers are work by G.E.Street. Famous Norman chapter-house, two walks of the cloisters and the abbey gateway survive from monastic times.

CLIFTON Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul (Roman Catholic)

Modern replacement opened 1973 of the Pro Cathedral of the Apostles. (see below)

CLIFTON Pro-Cathedral of the Apostles

Some information also to be found on the website of the new cathedral (above)

The church was begun on a grand scale in 1834, but structural problems were encountered and a scaled down version opened in 1848. It was used as the cathedral of the new diocese of Clifton founded in 1850 but never consecrated. Some remodelling, notably the west front in 1870. When the new cathedral was built, the old church became a store. Some of the windows are preserved in the new church of St Patrick, Redfield (see below). A school occupied part of the site but is now pulling out. Buildings deteriorating fast (July 1999). Plans now to demolish everything according to the local paper, but a letter from the owners insisted that the church will remain and be restored. Discussions under way with English Heritage. (March 2000) Visited here for the first time since it closed, what a scandalous state the cathedral is now in. I have taken some distressing pictures which are now on-line for you all to see. Planning applications for conversion of the church into bar, restaurant and flats and demolition of the presbytery posted on the railings outside. Plans slightly revised March 2001, to include 17 maisonettes and a fitness centre. Demolition of presbytery and other buildings still involved and permission sought from Secretary of State as these are listed. However nothing has been done and the cathedral is in a worse-than-ever state.(May 2004) Now plans emerging again for mixed use with the loss of the interior (Jul2006)

CHURCHES

St Agnes, ST PAUL'S

1885 by W.Wood Bethell. In use, but interior subdivided to form church (chancel, E end of nave and aisles), hall and rooms (sadly) with interior reversed.

St Aidan, CREW'S HOLE

1903-4 by G.F.Bodley, never finished ("temporary" west wall). In use

St Alban, WESTBURY PARK

1907-15 by C.F.W.Denning. In use. To the north, the first church by Crisp 1889-93, now a hall.

St Aldhelm, CHESSELS

1907-13 by W.V.& A.R.Gough. In use but plans to subdivide the interior to create hall/rooms and smaller worship area in progress.

All Hallows, EASTON

1899-1901 Sir George Oatley. Never completed, planned west front built onto the shortened nave. In use.

All Saints, Corn Street, CITY

Medieval, C18 tower. Now a Religions Field Studies Centre. Pews removed, otherwise most fittings remain.

All Saints, CLIFTON

1963-7 by Potter & Hare, replacing G.E.Street's church of 1864-8 burnt out in World War Two. G.F. Bodley's narthex of 1900 and the base of the tower (with new spire) survive. In use.

All Saints, FISHPONDS

1904-9 by E.H.Lingen-Barker, never finished ("temporary" west wall). In use. Recent alterations on the north side to connect to new church hall (old halls destroyed by arson).

St Ambrose, WHITEHALL

1912-3 by W.V.& A.R.Gough. One of Bristol's largest suburban churches, known as the "Cathedral of East Bristol". In use.

St Andrew, AVONMOUTH

c1955 by F.L.Hannam, incorporating parts (not all in situ) of the war-bombed predecessor. In use

St Andrew, CLIFTON

1819-20 on medieval site. Destroyed in 1940, ruins cleared 1956. Churchyard (with Birdcage Walk) survives, church site lawned and with plaque. (Link to current status page)

St Andrew, HARTCLIFFE

1956. In use

St Andrew-the-Less, Dowry Square, HOTWELLS

C18 site, church rebuilt 1872-3 by J.C.Neale. Closed 1958 and demolished 1962. Flats on site.

St Andrew, MONTPELIER

1844-5 by S.J.Hicks. Demolished 1969. Site now a park, churchyard wall,path and lamp bracket over entrance still survive (Nov 97).

St Anne, GREENBANK

Church mission hall, 1900-1 by Sir George Oatley (who also planned a huge church alongside Greenbank Road), converted into a permanent church 1926 by reversing the orientation and the addition of a chancel by P Hartland-Thomas. In use.

St Anne, ST ANNE'S

1902-5 by H.M.Bennett. War damage repaired. Interior badly subdivided c1979 to form church, hall and rooms. In use

St Anselm, CLIFTON DOWN

1896-7 by W.V.Gough, burnt out in World War 2, and demolished 1954. Whiteladies Health Centre on the site.

St Antony, HENBURY (Roman Catholic)

1956, in use.

St Augustine-the-Less, CITY

Medieval. Slightly damaged in WW2 and shamefully demolished in 1962. The site was vacant for over 20 years and now the Royal Hotel has extended over the site.

St Augustine, WHITCHURCH PARK

1971-2 by Michael Jenner, shared with Methodists. 80ft tower removed as unsafe 1985. In use. Demolition is proposed (April 2000) as the building is becoming unsafe. To be replaced by a new parish church and centre.

St Augustine of Canterbury, CLIFTON (Roman Catholic)

1842 for the Clifton Mission whose church of the Apostles had run into construction difficulties (see Pro-Cathedral above). Became conventual and enlarged 1850, rededicated to St Catherine of Siena, closed 1898 and became a store. Parts survive in the Schools complex below the Pro-Cathedral. Future Uncertain (January 2001).

St Barnabas, City Road, ST PAUL'S

1843 by S.T.Welch. Closed 1955 and used as school assembly hall, before becoming community centre. Demolished in 1983 for the rebuilt Malcolm X Community Centre on site.

St Barnabas, KNOWLE WEST

1938 by C.W.Denning. Nave demolished in 1980s and replaced by flats. Crossing and transepts serve as hall and the chancel as the church. In use.

St Bartholomew, Union Street, CITY

1861 by Pope, closed 1890 and demolished 1894. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY PICTURES OF THIS CHURCH?

St Bartholomew, ST ANDREW'S (Ashley Down)

1894 by J.Bevan Jr (Pevsner says Bassett-Smith - it resembles Caterham church by him in Surrey so perhaps Bevan copied it?). In use

St Bede, HILLFIELDS

Mission from St John, Fishponds. Church planned but never built.

St Bernadette, WHITCHURCH (Roman Catholic)

Completed 1968, James Leask. In use.

St Bernard, SHIREHAMPTON (Roman Catholic)

1902-3 by D Webb, extended 1928-9 but never finished ("temporary" west wall). New porch and reordered 1973. Plans (2007) to complete the church at the west end.

St Bonaventure, BISHOPSTON (Roman Catholic)

1900-9 by Pugin & Pugin, altered by J Bevan 1922,1927 & 1936. Was Franciscan, the adjoining friary buildings now house the offices of the RC diocese of Clifton.

St Brendan, AVONMOUTH (Roman Catholic)

1956. Closed and now sold to a developer who wishes to demolish and redevelop the site. Last Mass was held here on 1st February 2004.

St Catherine of Siena see St Augustine of Canterbury, CLIFTON

St Chad, MOORFIELDS

Mission from St Matthew, in existence 1875-c1945.

Christ Church, BARTON HILL

1883-5 By C.F.Hansom. Last service held in 1958, the church being demolished shortly afterwards. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY PICTURES OF THIS CHURCH ?

Christ Church, CITY

A medieval site, the church rebuilt 1786-90 by William Paty. In use.

Christ Church, CLIFTON

1843-4 (Charles Dyer), steeple 212ft 1859 (John Norton), aisles 1885 (W.Bassett Smith). In use.

Christ Church, HENGROVE

1934 by W Rudman. In use.

Christ the King, FILWOOD PARK (Roman Catholic)

1951-2. In use

Christ the Servant, STOCKWOOD

1964 by J.Ralph Edwards, completed 1971 by John Maggs. In use.

St Christopher, BRISLINGTON

1930-1 by C.W.Denning. Subdivided c1990 to create parish hall and rooms in the west part of the nave and N. transept. In use

St Clement, Newfoundland Road, ST PAUL'S

1854-6 by S.B.Gabriel and J.H.Hirst. Wrecked by High Explosive bomb 9th/10th April 1941 and ruins cleared.

COTHAM PARISH CHURCH see St Saviour with St Mary

Holy Cross, BEDMINSTER (Roman Catholic)

First church 1854 by Charles Hansom in East Street. Part of this remains as Bedminster Library. Moved to Temple area of the City (see below). New church 1922 in Dean lane, the successor of the city site. Architect J.Bevan Jr.(?)

Holy Cross, CITY see Temple Church

Holy Cross, CITY (Roman Catholic)

1872-4, from East Street. Closed when new church built in Bedminster. Became a garage for a while but has since been demolished.

Holy Cross, FILWOOD PARK (Inns Court)

1st church coverted from a farm building 1949-50 by T.H.Burrough. Replaced by new church 1959 by Burrough & Hannam. This church demolished after the new church and centre on a slightly different site were completed in early 2000.

St Cuthbert, BRISLINGTON

1932 by P Hartland Thomas. In use

St David, BEDMINSTER

Mission church of St Paul, Southville, and now its church hall. Bellcote removed 1991. Used as a church 1990-1 whilst storm damage to St Paul was repaired. Future in doubt (Aug.2000), plans for conversion into flats (Nov 2000).

St Dunstan, Parson Street, BEDMINSTER

Original church converted from a school (when?). S aisle added 1913, N aisle and sanctuary 1928. Closed 1992 and now screen printers and offices. Interior subdivided and false floor inserted.

St Edmund, King & Martyr, HORFIELD

Built c1910 as a hall, converted into a church by P Hartland Thomas 1930. The church closed in 1978, the building was a Sign and Printing company in its later years. Demolished in 2006. The wooden font is now at St Mary Magdalen, Lockleaze.

St Edyth SEA MILLS

1926-8 by Sir George Oatley, completed to a different plan in 1993. In use

Emmanuel CLIFTON

1865-9 by John Norton. Declared redundant 1974 and demolished except for the tower which is incorporated into Elderly Persons' Flats which echo the bulk of the church as was.

Emmanuel (The Unity), THE DINGS (ST PHILIPS)

1860-3 by Pope & Bindon. Redundant 1937 and demolished 1939, a victim of wholesale slum clearance in the area which became industrial. The parish rooms survive though, now in use as a motor repair shop.

St Ewen, CITY

Medieval, demolished 1820. Along with All Saints and Christ Church one of three churches standing at the crossroads of the medieval city.

St Francis, ASHTON GATE

1886-7 by J.Bevan. Blitzed 1941 and demolished. New church on site by Robert Potter 1951-3. In use

St Francis, LOCKLEAZE

Mission church from Holy Trinity Horfield, ?1932. Stood in Dovercourt Road. The new church of St Mary Magdalen in the centre of Lockleaze replaced it.

St Gabriel, EASTON

1868-70 by J.C.Neale. Was in the way of the outer circuit road, declared redundant and then unsafe and demolished with indecent haste 1975, the day the church was "listed" for preservation. The church hall, inscribed St Gabriel's Mission, still survives.

St George, Brandon Hill, CITY

1823 by Sir Robert Smirke. Now a celebrated concert venue, often used by BBC Radio 3. Few alterations to date to the main church but applications pending to replace the pews (October 1997) and create more suitable entrances. This was completed in 1999.

St George, ST GEORGE

Originally 1753, rebuilt 1846 by Hicks, and again 1879-80 following a fire by P.E.Massey. Demolished 1976 and flats now on the site. The church was unsafe but the tower survived being dynamited until this was repeated. The school to the west became the church but this too closed 1989 and after years of neglect and vandalism converted into flats in 2000-1.

St Gerard Majella, KNOWLE (Roman Catholic)

c1908 by Pugin & Pugin. In use

St Giles CITY

Medieval, chapel-of-ease to St Leonard. Gone by 1673. See St Leonard, City.

Good Shepherd, ARNO'S VALE (Roman Catholic)

Chapel of the convent 1858-9, which occupied Arno's Court. This building is now a hotel, and the front and side wall of the chapel now incorporated into the restaurant.

Good Shepherd, BISHOPSTON

Temporary church 1935, replaced in 1958. In use.

St Gregory the Great, HORFIELD

1936 by A.R.Gough. In use.

St James Priory Church, CITY (now Roman Catholic)

Largely Norman. Redundant 1984, reopened 8th Sept 1993 as RC church and in monastic use once more, by the Little Brothers of Nazareth. The High Victorian outer N aisle has been screened off.

St James-the-Less, CITY

1867 by Pope & Bindon, originally for the Bristol Female Penitentiary who paid for it. Demolished post-war, date unknown.

St James the Apostle, CLIFTON

1859-62 by Pope & Bindon, deconsecrated 1928 to become St Andrew's hall. The BBC used it 1939-45 and divided it into two floors. Upper floor used as church 1945-51 when it reverted to a church hall again on the unification of St Andrew and Christ Church parishes. Demolished c1975. Flats on site.

St John, BEDMINSTER

Pre-conquest site (1003), often rebuilt, the last 1855 by John Norton. Blitzed, the ruins surviving until1967 before being demolished. Churchyard survives as a park among ever-encroaching commercial properties.

St John the Baptist, CITY (St John's-on-the-Wall)

Medieval, the steeple built over one of the medieval gates to the city. In the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

St John the Divine, FISHPONDS

1910 by E.H.Lingen-Barker, in use. Its predecessor, of corrugated iron survived to the east until 1971.

St John the Evangelist CITY

Medieval, stood in the burial ground belonging to St Nicholas, City, and may have been the original parish church of St Nicholas. The cemetery was in "The Back", between the modern-day Welsh Back and Queen Charlotte Street (originally Back Street). It seems to have gone by 1673.

St John the Evangelist, CLIFTON

1841 by S.J.Hicks, chancel 1864 by S.B.Gabriel. Redundant 1984 and converted to auction rooms and offices for a media company 1990.

St Joseph, CITY (Roman Catholic)

Bristol's first post-restoration catholic church, 1790, in Trenchard Street. Remained in use until 1861 when it was converted into school and rooms for St Mary on the Quay. Frontage and doorway survive incorporated into new flats.

St Joseph, FISHPONDS (Roman Catholic)

1923-5 by Sir Frank Wills. In use

St Jude, ST JUDE'S

1844-9 by S.B.Gabriel. Sold for new use in November 1999. Changes made to the windows, some doors replaced by metal. Building continues to deteriorate (June 2002) and appears to be for sale again. Converted into housing 2004-5.

St Katherine, Pylle Hill, TOTTERDOWN

1889, converted to a mosque in 1960. Replaced by current building c1980, with minaret and onion dome. (Email 5Sep06 from Karen Baxter - Not converted to a mosque till at least 1963, as my grandfather who lived  at 1 Pylle Hill kept an eye on it and it was sold after I was born in 1961. It was a chapel for a while and then disused, grandfather kept an eye on to make sure vandals didnt destroy it.)

St Katherine, REDLAND

1898, originally a hall, consecrated 1931. Closed 1953. Now converted into dwellings.

St Lawrence, CITY

Medieval, stood immediately west of St John, also on the wall. Pulled down after 1580 but during demolition work in the 1960s an arch was discovered, photographed and presumably destroyed.

St Lawrence, LAWRENCE HILL

1884-5 by J Bevan Senior. Damaged slightly in the war,restored but closed in 1954 and demolished 1956.

St Leonard, CITY

Medieval. Stood over the city's Westgate, at the foot of Corn Street. Demolished 1771 to make way for Clare Street.

St Leonard Without, REDFIELD

1938 by Robert Potter. In use. The previous church (originally dedicated to St Peter & St Paul) of 1908 by W.V.Gough stands to the north and is now a hall.

Lord Mayor's Chapel see St Mark

St Luke, BARTON HILL

1843-50 by S.T.Welch. In use. Spire reduced in height c1980 (but never was very much!)

St Luke, BEDMINSTER

1860-1 by John Norton. Closed 1968, demolished 1970. Flats now stand on the site.

St Luke, BRISLINGTON

Medieval. In use.

St Mark, the Lord Mayor's Chapel, CITY

Owned and wonderfully kept by the County of Bristol. Medieval, formerly the chapel of Gaunt's Hospital. In use.

St Mark, EASTON

1848 by Charles Dyer. Closed 1984 and since converted into supported housing.

St Martin, KNOWLE

1901-8 by W.V.Gough. In use

St Mary, COTHAM see St Saviour with St Mary, Cotham

St Mary, FISHPONDS

1820, chancel 1871, N aisle 1901-7. In use

St Mary, HENBURY

Medieval. In use

St Mary-le-Port, CITY

Saxon site. Medieval church destroyed, except tower, 24.11.1940. Tower preserved, and the site of the church now a small garden. Vault under chancel preserved but little else.

St Mary on the Quay, CITY (Roman Catholic)

1838-40 by R.S.Pope. High Altar added c1900 by J.F.Bentley. In use.

St Mary Redcliffe, CITY

Demolished for by-pass 1997 - no just kidding!!! Bristol's most famous medieval parish church survives alongside the inner circuit road. Plans afoot 1997 to move the road not the church and to create a "cathedral close" of buildings to the north of the church, but nothing has happened yet (June 2009). In use

St Mary Redcliffe - Official site   St Mary Redcliffe - alternative site
Photo Gallery (Taxidriver)   Another Site

St Mary, SHIREHAMPTON

First mentioned 1579. Present church 1928-9 by P Hartland Thomas. In use. Predecessor destroyed by fire 1928.

St Mary Magdalen with St Francis, LOCKLEAZE

1956 by T.H.Burrough. Structurally unsafe, demolished for housing in 1997 after a new church was created in 1996 (architect Robert Narracott) from the former parish hall next door. The statues and most windows proved impossible to save. One etched window survives as the altarpiece in the new church.

St Mary Magdalen, STOKE BISHOP

1861 by John Norton. In use.

St Mary, TYNDALL'S PARK

1870-81 by J.P.StAubyn. Closed, and used by the BBC as a store. They inserted cruel delivery doors on the N side and a second floor in the nave. Now in use as the "Woodlands" Free Church who now have further subdivided the upper floor into supported housing and retaining the ground floor for worship etc. Fire March 2002 badly damaged the roof.

St Matthew, KINGSDOWN

1833-5 by Thomas Rickman. Interior altered by insertion of a new floor to create upper church and lower rooms etc. Sounds bad but visually quite a success.

St Matthew, MOORFIELDS

1873 by J.C.Neale. Closed to worship in 1998. During the infamous "waiting period"church broken into on New Year's Eve 1999 and the venue for an all-night "rave". Pews and chairs were smashed, the font became a receptacle for empties, and other damage done. "Desecration" shouted the local paper. (Jan 4 2000) Conversion into seven flats and offices now completed (Nov 2002).

St Matthias-on-the-Weir, Ropewalk, ST JUDE'S

1851 by John Norton. Survived the war unscathed but closed shortly after 1945 and demolished in 1952. Part of Sunday School buildings survive today.

St Michael & All Angels, BISHOPSTON

For full story click the link above. The church was a pile of rubble by mid November 1997. Flats now built on site. Worship temporaily passed across the road to a former non-Conformist chapel, whilst parish rooms opposite were converted into a new church and parish centre which opened in September 2002.

St Michael & All Angels, WINDMILL HILL

Chancel 1886 by E.H.Edwards, nave and aisles 1901 by J.Bevan. Disasterous fire 1926 and the church rebuilt by P Hartland Thomas in 1927. In use

St Michael-on-the-Mount-Without, CITY

Medieval tower, the rest rebuilt 1775-7 by Thomas Paty. Blitzed and restored. Church closed 1999 but future in doubt. Some vandalism to the windows (August 2000), more boarding-up of the windows (November 2001). So sad to see - deterioration continues (November 2002). Plans to convert to a Sports Shoe shop announced August 2006, plan supported by English Heritage.

St Michael the Archangel, TWO MILE HILL

1848 by S.B.Gabriel, tower altered by P Hartland Thomas 1939. In use

St Michael-the-Less, BEDMINSTER

Mission church, presumably "the-Less" to Windmill Hill. The building survived in 2000, much altered but with several recognisable features as a car workshop/garage in Marmaduke Street. Dates?

St Nathanael, COTHAM / REDLAND

1873-5 by J.Bevan. Now used as Elmgrove community centre. Some minor internal alterations.

Holy Nativity, KNOWLE (Totterdown)

1953-6 by J.M.Meredith, replacing blitzed church of 1870-95 by W.V.Gough of which the tower (completed 1931-3 by A.R.Gough) survives. In use

Nativity of the Mother of God, Clifton (Eastern Orthodox)

1888 by Rising for the Catholic Apostolic Church. Leased for use to the Orthodox church in 1967. In use.

St Nicholas , CITY

Medieval crypt, the upper church rebuilt by James Bridges, and later Paty 1762-9. Burnt out in the war (crypt intact), reroofed in early 1970s as a museum for church artefacts. This in turn closed for lack of money, and the church ibecame Bristol's main tourist information centre. This in turn moved out in Summer 2000. Remains in the ownership of the City council Museums. No access to crypt sadly.

St Nicholas of Tolentino, Lawford's Gate, ST JUDE'S (Roman Catholic)

1848-51 by C.F.Hansom. In use

St Oswald, BEDMINSTER DOWN

1927-8 by P.Hartland Thomas. In use but chancel partly screened off for other activities. The church's orientation now reversed.

Our Lady of Ostrabrama, Arley Hill, MONTPELIER (Roman Catholic)

Built as Arley Chapel, Congregational, by John Foster 1854-5. Purchased by the Polish community in 1968. In use.

Our Lady of the Rosary, LAWRENCE WESTON (Roman Catholic)

1952-3 tower and east end 1957-8. In use

St Patrick, REDFIELD (Roman Catholic)

New church 1995-7, on different site. In use. Old church 1923 (Sir Frank Wills), extended 1973, is now a social club.

St Paul, CLIFTON

1868 by C.F.Hansom & Sons, replacing MAnners & Gill's church of 1853, destroyed by fire in 1867. W porch 1905. In use.

St Paul, Portland Square, ST PAUL'S

1789-94 by Daniel Hague. Sanctuary 1894 by J.Bevan. Redundant and recently sold (boards taken down November 1997). Workmen repairing fire damage in the tower told me that a dance or music studio had bought it. Many finials and external detail are damaged, collected at the rear of the church. By October 1998 condition deteriorating further, no signs of new usage. However now work has begun (February 2002) on a preservation scheme costing 1 million by the Churches Conservation Trust. The building will then serve as a new home for the Bristol Circus school..

St Paul, SOUTHVILLE

1831 by C.Dyer. Chancel added 1892-4 by V Voisey or J.Bevan. Burnt out in World War 2 and rebuilt in a simplified way 1956-7. Pinnacles on the surviving tower blown down into church during "hurricane" of 1990, since repaired. In use.

St Peter, BISHOPSWORTH

Successor of medieval chapel on different site. 1841-3 by S.C.Fripp. In use.

St Peter , CITY

Medieval, once in the heart of the shopping centre/ medieval city. Now stands in centre of Castle Park, retained as a ruin as a reminder of 2nd World War. Famous monuments were unprotected and greatly damaged by frost before being removed to St Nicholas' crypt.

St Peter, Jacob's Wells, CLIFTON WOOD

1882 by V.W.Voysey and F.Wills. An earlier church 1833 and originally Methodist stood to the west and served as church hall. All gone, the church demolished 1938. Flats on site.

St Peter, HENLEAZE

1927-37 by A.R.Gough. In use

St Peter, LAWRENCE WESTON

1961 by J.Ralph Edwards, replacing a post-war building which became affectionally known as the "Jelly-mould church". Undergoing a major restoration (May 2000). In use.

St Peter & St Paul (Greek Church) see St Simon
St Peter & St Paul, REDFIELD see St Leonard Without, REDFIELD

St Peter & St Paul, WESTBURY ON TRYM - see Holy & Undivided Trinity, WESTBURY ON TRYM

St Philip & St Jacob, CITY

Medieval, still stands in its large churchyard. Almost closed, has been revived as "Pip & Jay's", Evangelical who have had run-ins with the church commissioners over the treatment of some of the furnishings (e.g. painting the Jacobean pulpit white). Chancel can be curtained off, side chapels screened off to form rooms. In use

St Pius X, HARTCLIFFE (Roman Catholic)

New church in Gateacre Road 1987, replacing one of 1956 in Hareclive Road. In use.

St Raphael, Cumberland Road, BALTIC WHARF

1853-9 by Henry Woodyer, closed 1878 following disapproval of the bishop and not reopened until 1893. Some war damage, the church was again closed and became part of a factory in 1953 and demolished 1954. Part of the W front still stands in the garden between two blocks of flats.

REDLAND CHAPEL (No dedication)

1740-3, to the designs of John Strahan, by William Halfpenny. Remained chapel-of-ease to Westbury-on-Trym until made a parish church in 1942. In use.

Sacred Heart, WESTBURY ON TRYM (Roman Catholic)

1939 by Peniston . In use. Previously the parish had used the convent chapel of what is now St Ursula's School built 1859-62, and largely destroyed in the blitz of the second world war.

St Saviour, MOORFIELDS

A mission church from St Matthew, certainly in existence c1912-c1945.

St Saviour with St Mary, COTHAM

1842-3 by William Butterfield as Highbury Congregational Church. Became Anglican in c1980, replacing St Mary Tyndall's Park and St Saviour Woolcot Park. In use

St Saviour, WOOLCOT PARK

1882-9 by J.Bevan. Redundant 1975. Sold and became Pentecostal. Closed in the summer 2000 and church sold November 2000 and now converted into flats.

Seamen's Church, Princes Street, CITY

1880 by Voysey & Wills, an upper chapel over the Seamen's Institute. The west end of the church destroyed 1940. The building has been closed for very many years and looks very dilapidated (2005).

St Silas, Feeder Road, ST PHILIP'S MARSH

1867-8 by Pope & Bindon, demolished 1872 due to subsidence. New church 1873 by J.C.Neale. Destroyed by bombing 3rd Jan 1941 and not rebuilt. There were three successive conversions for a temporary church made in the former Day School 1941-3 which was closed when the area was depopulated in the late 1940s &1950s.

St Simon the Apostle, BAPTIST MILLS (now Greek Orthodox Church of St Peter & St Paul)

1847 by S.J.Hicks and S.B.Gabriel. Sold to the Greek Community in 1960. Prominent spire (by M32) lopped 1996 and topped with cross. In use. The Greek Community now have a rather good website.

St Stephen , CITY

Medieval. In use. Apart from my page the church has its own excellent web site.

St Stephen, SOUTHMEAD

1958-9 by Gerald Wills. In use

Temple Church (Holy Cross) , CITY

Medieval with deservedly-more-famous leaning tower which so alarmed the sappers in the 2nd world war when the church was burnt out that they were about to dynamite it until they were informed that it had leant that way for over 500 years! Ruins in care of English Heritage.

St Thomas, CITY

Medieval tower, the rest rebuilt 1789-93 by James Allen. Now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

St Thomas, EASTVILLE

Choir & transepts 1889, the rest 1903, by H.C.M.Hirst. West four bays screened off 1969 to form hall and rooms on two floors. Redundant after 1975 and now Pentecostal. In use

Three Kings of Cologne, CITY

Medieval chapel, restored 1967 by J Ralph Edwards (who reported there was hardly a right-angle in the place). Now chapel of Foster's Almshouses.

Holy Trinity, HORFIELD

Medieval W tower, the rest rebuilt 1847 (?Butterfield), enlarged 1893, 1913 & 1929. In use

Holy Trinity, HOTWELLS

1829-30 by Charles Cockerell,burnt out on 3 Jan 1941 and restored with modern interior within old walls by T H Burrough 1957-8. In use

Holy Trinity, ST PHILIP'S

1829-32 by Rickman & Hutchinson. It became a venue for Rock concerts etc. and is now "Trinity Community Arts Centre". Interior subdivided at gallery level into two floors, and various rooms created above and below the galleries in the aisles. Closed in 2001 the building has once again languished but has reopened since 2004 as a Community Centre.

Holy Trinity, STAPLETON

Medieval site (formerly St Giles). Church rebuilt by John Norton 1856-7. In use

Holy & Undivided Trinity, WESTBURY ON TRYM

Medieval, once collegiate. Also called SS Peter & Paul. In use. Tower damaged in storms February 2004.

The Unity - see Emmanuel

St Vincent de Paul, SOUTHMEAD (Roman Catholic)

1955. In use

St Werburgh, CITY

Medieval church, stood at corner of Corn and Small Streets. Last service 12.8.1877. Dismantled and parts of the church and especially the tower were rebuilt at Mina Road.

St Werburgh, Mina Road, ST WERBURGH'S

1877-9 by J.Bevan, reusing parts from the City church. Memorials transferred too. Now an Indoor Climbing centre. Page revised and updated August 2000 with new pictures.

NON- CONFORMIST CHURCHES & CHAPELS

Baptist churches

A major new page featuring the diverse buildings that make or made up the Baptist stock. From humble rural Stapleton to city-centre modernity at Broadmead.

Congregational Chapels

From humble beginnings in Bridge Street, to the large gothic piles of Redland Park, David Thomas Memorial church, and the post-war closures and demolitions. Based on notes from a friend, Neil Marchant.

Methodist Churches

Bristol has the earliest Methodist church in the whole world (The New Room). Pages split into Primitive Methodist, United Free Methodist, Independent and Wesleyan, as well as mentioning those built since the unification of the 1930s. Prepared in collaboration with Neil Marchant. These pages are offered as seen, and we would welcome any corrections or omissions.

The New (Swedenborgian) Church

Based on Neil Marchant's book "Like a Great River Flowing". (Email him for a copy)

Presbyterian churches

There are not many but they are - or were - interesting buildings. (New - May 2004)

Unitarian Churches

Lewins Mead dates from the C17, as does Frenchay chapel in South Gloucestershire, also included on this page.

page updated 16th June 2014

Details published in good faith, I believe the information to be correct. However some churches remain stubbornly locked and not all details may be as up-to-date as I would like. Please inform me of any suggestions, errors or omissions.


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