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The Gloucestershire Places of Worship, and Phil Draper's Church Crawler websites are particularly valuable resources for Bristol, as are also the Bristol Libraries Loxton Collection, and Paul Townsend's Flickr photo archive.

Carole Sage has been trying to find the exact location of a vanished Wesleyan Chapel which stood on College Green. It was destroyed by bombing in WWII. Old maps she has access to fail to show it. Can you advise where it was?

Churches in Arno's Vale, Ashton Gate and Ashton Vale, Barton Hill, Bedminster and Bedminster Down, Bishopston, Bishopsworth, Brandon Hill, Brentry, Brislington (including St. Anne's, Sandy Park, Broom Hill and Kensington Park), Broad Plain, Clifton and Clifton Wood, Coombe Dingle, Cotham, Crew's Hole, Durdham Down, Easton & Eastville (including Baptist Mills, Upper and Lower Easton, Greenbank and Upper Eastville), Fishponds and Hillfields (including Clay Hill and Oldbury Court), Golden Hill, Hartcliffe, Headley Park, HenburyHengrove, Henleaze, Horfield, Ashley Down and Ashley Vale, Hotwells, Kingsdown, Kingswood, Knowle, Knowle West, Inns Court, and Upper and Lower Knowle, Lawrence Hill and Barton Hill (including Russell Town and Moorfields), Lockleaze, Montpelier, Old Market, St. Jude's and Broad Plain, Redcliffe (including Temple), Redfield, Redland, St. Andrews, St. George, Redfield and Whitehall, St. Jude's, St. Paul's (including St. Agnes), St. Philip's, St. Philip's Marsh and The Dings, St. Werburgh's, Sea Mills, Sneyd Park and Stoke Bishop, Southmead, Southville, Speedwell, Crofts End and Two Mile Hill, Spike Island, Stapleton (including Broomhill), Stockwood, Stokes Croft, Totterdown, Tyndall's Park, Westbury-on-Trym, Westbury Park, Whitchurch, Whitehall, Windmill Hill, Withywood. Some links will open another page.

The former All Saints on Corn Street. Closed for worship in 1978, it's now used as a Diocesan Resource Centre and Offices of the Diocesan Board of Education. Two additional views - 1, 2, and the bell-tower. ST 58880 73026. All © Carole Sage (2016 and 2017). Link, which has numerous interior photos. The Loxton Collection has numerous drawings, including interiors - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Grade II listed.

The site of the Baptist Chapel which stood on Old King Street (now Merchant Street). Built in 1815, it was closed in 1955, and demolished to make way for the Broadmead Shopping Centre redevelopment. ST 59167 73413. © Carole Sage (2016). A photo is available here, and Loxton made a drawing.

Bristol's original Bishop's Palace stood close to the cathedral. It's inclusion here is somewhat speculative, as it's not known with certainty as to whether it had a private chapel, but by analogy with others, it seems likely. It was severely damaged in a fire in 1831, and the Cathedral School now stands on the site. Another view. ST 58330 72635. Both © Carole Sage (2017).

The site of Bridge Street Chapel (Congregational, 1786-1868). Originally known as Bridge Street Meeting, it was formed by a congregation from Tucker Street Presbyterian Chapel in Redcliffe, for which, see the Redcliffe page. The congregation moved to Clifton Down Congregational Church (for which see the Clifton page). The area suffered badly from bombing in WWII, and the area was subsequently cleared. The site is now a private car park. An illustration of the church is available here, from the Loxton Collection. ST 59001 72989. © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of the Bridewell Prison Chapel, on Bridewell Street. The prison itself dated from 1507, and was closed in the 1870's. An office block now occupies the site. ST 58861 73296. © Carole Sage (2016).

Bristol Beacon - see Colston Hall below.

Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre on Horfield Road, which is part of Bristol Royal Infirmary, has a multi-faith space called ‘The Quiet Room’ on Level B. ST 58562 73436. © Carole Sage (2017).

What is now the foyer building of Bristol Old Vic theatre (more properly the Theatre Royal) on King Street was in use as a Congregational Chapel from 1849 (for how long is not, at the moment, apparent). It had originally been a guildhall called Cooper's Hall, and dates from 1743-4. ST 58814 72733. Photo by Jon Craig. A Loxton drawing - note that the comment beneath the drawing is inaccurate - it was the buildings at left which were demolished. Another old illustration. Grade I listed.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children has a "multi-faith space" called The Prayer Room. ST 58602 73380. © Carole Sage (2016). The hospital website has some interior photos.

Bristol Royal Infirmary Chapel. ST 58808 73519. © Janet Gimber (2014). Three additional views - 1, 2, 3, all © Carole Sage (2016), who advises that the chapel is no longer used, and has an uncertain future. There is also a "multi-faith space" called The Sanctuary (© University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust) in King Edward VII Memorial Building (© Carole Sage (2018)) on Upper Maudlin Street. ST 58719 73535.

The former Bristol 8 Salvation Army Corps Hall in St. Georges. © Rob Kinnon-Brettle. Bristol 8 Corps had previously used a building on the corner of Castle Street and Tower Hill. The church only ran from 1886 to 1895, but the Social Services side, called the Coffee Palace, continued up until about 1924. This drawing of the latter (from memory) was made in 1999, and is now © Trustees of the Estate of Joseph Brettle. The site has been redeveloped, © Carole Sage (2017).

The modern Broadmead Baptist Church on Union Street. ST 59002 73335. © Jim Parker. Two interior views - 1, 2, both © Carole Sage (2016). A photo of the old church building is available here, and another shows it just prior to demolition. Loxton made a drawing of the interior. Link1. Link2.

Carmelite Friary - see Colston Hall, below.

Another victim of WWII bombing, and post-war clearances, was Castle Green Independent Chapel (later Congregational). Built in 1604 (one of the earliest non-conformist chapels in Bristol), it was replaced on the same site in 1815, and this is probably the building shown in two of Loxton's drawings - 1, 2. This building seems to have been sold in 1901, and the church re-located to a new building in Greenbank (and for which, see Greenbank Masjid entry on the Easton page). The site now lies beneath Castle Park, at ST 59305 73148. A nearby chapel, the site now also beneath the park, was the Castle Green Methodist New Connexion Chapel. It had a relatively short life of 1855-1884. Whether the building survived until WWII is not certain, and illustrations have proved elusive. ST 59322 73187. Both © Carole Sage (2016).

Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity on College Square. Another view, and the main door. ST 58349 72689. All © Jim Parker. Another view, and an interior view, both © Simon Edwards, and an old postcard view, from Carole Sage's Collection. The following are all © Carole Sage (2016 and 2018) - another view, the Abbey Gate, chapter house, a friendly-looking dragon grotesque, cloisters, the beautiful rose window, the glass of which survived the war (outside and inside), five interiors - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, two tombs - 1, 2, the Choristers' Memorial, pulpit of 1903; much of the cathedral's glass was blown out in the war, so the present glass is mostly modern - some examples - 1, 2, 3. Link1. Link2. Grade I listed. A 1734 illustration shows the cathedral and teeming docks. Another (1804, by Samuel Lysons) shows the cathedral and cloister. And a 1750 illustration from John Roque's map shows the cathedral and High Cross. The High Cross was subsequently moved to College Green, then later moved again to the Stourhead Estate, where it remains. Here are a few of Loxton's - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

A chapel shows on the O. S. maps of 1855 and 1874 on St. George's Road, near the junction with Anchor Road. The 1880's map has it as United Free Methodist. It had gone before 1900, and the Read Dispensary built on the site in 1907. It's now used as offices. ST 57914 72588. © Carole Sage (2016).

The former Chapel of St. Nicholas with Burton's Almshouses on King Street. The almshouses date from 1656, with a C19 extension, and the chapel itself is on the first floor, above the entrance. Damaged by WWII bombing, much of the interior had to be re-built, and the building is now used for housing students. ST 58841 72735. Both © Carole Sage (2016). There is an old drawing of the interior of the almshouses in the Loxton Collection. Grade II* listed.

The Chapel of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary used to stand on Bristol's medieval bridge. Closed at the Reformation, the bridge itself was replaced in the 18th century, but an illustration of the chapel exists - see here. ST 59010 72904. © Carole Sage (2016).

Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne (a unique dedication, Jim tells me) on Colston Street. It dates from 1504, with restoration in the mid-C19. Another view showing the top of a steep path now called Christmas Steps, but originally Queene Street. The change (in the late 19th century) is said to been made to reflect the nativity scene in the stained glass window of the chapel. ST 58586 73186. Both © Jim Parker. Two further views - 1, 2, and a photo of a plaque which gives a little history, all © Carole Sage (2016), which also shows Foster's Almshouses, which the chapel was built to serve. These date from 1483, and were re-built in the C19. Link. Loxton made a drawing of the exterior and interior. Grade II* listed.

Christ Church with St. Ewen on Broad Street. ST 58899 73076. © Graeme Harvey. Christ Church was of 12th century foundation, originally dedicated as Holy Trinity. It was re-dedicated as Christ Church in the 15th, and the congregation merged with that of the nearby (now demolished) St. Ewen in 1790 (for which, see below). Interior view of Christ Church, from an old postcard (dated ca. 1920) from Andrew Ross's Collection. Three additional views - 1, 2, 3, two photos of the memorials in the entrance lobby - 1, 2, the splendid dragon weather-vane, and the clock, all © Carole Sage (2016 and 2017). Link1. Link2, with many more photos, exterior and interior. An early C19 illustration is available here, and this illustration shows Christ Church (to the left) and All Saints. An interior photo is available here. Grade II* listed, which says that many of the memorials came from St. Ewen.

C.E.M.S House on St. Stephen's Street was home to the Church of England Men's Society. At the moment, Carole doesn't know exactly where the building stood, or indeed even if it survives or has been demolished, so the grid reference is just for the street - ST 58723 72970. Loxton made a drawing of the chapel. © Carole Sage (2017).

Colston Hall (recently re-named as Bristol Beacon) stands on the site of a Carmelite Friary (ST 58532 73032), and Salem Christian Brethren Chapel (ST 58531 72995). The friary was C13, and stretched from Colston Street to Trenchard Street, now corresponding to the front (another view), and back of the hall respectively. A victim to Henry VIII, a mansion was built on the site, and this in turn was succeeded by a school, and the present Colston Hall (opened 1867). Salem Christian Brethren Chapel also stood on Colston Street, and that site has been covered by extensions to the hall complex. It was built circa 1830, perhaps replacing an earlier Lady Huntingdon's Chapel - or was it the same building? It was also home to the Salvation Army (Bristol No. 5 Corps) from 1882 to 1908. It was demolished to make way for Bristol Gas Works Offices, which were in turn demolished to build the extensions to Colston Hall. An old sketch and postcard of Salem are both from Rob Kinnon-Brettle's Collection. All © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of the Earl Street Mission Hall (Wesleyan). Founded in 1892, it closed in the early 1930's, and was subsequently re-developed as part of the road in front of the magistrate's court. ST 58876 73571. © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of Ebenezer Chapel (Wesleyan Methodist) on Merchant Street (which was Old King Street). Although it survived WWII, and it dated from 1794, it was demolished in the 1950's to make way for the Broadmead Shopping Centre redevelopment. ST 59110 73429. © Carole Sage (2016). A Loxton drawing is available here, and there's a photo here.

The site of Ecclesia Chapel (Christadelphian) on Rupert Street and Narrow Lewins Mead, part of Oddfellows Hall. The chapel opened in the late C19. The date of closure is not presently known, but the building seems to have survived the war. Offices were built on the site in 1983. Oddfellows Hall was also used by the Swedenborgians before they had the church on Terrell Street (see below). The land was originally part of the C13 St. Bartholomew's Monastery. ST 58667 73221. © Carole Sage (2016).

A congregation used to meet in the Elim Fellowship Centre on the 4th floor of Fairfax House, a department store in Broadmead. Fairfax House opened in 1962, and was demolished in 1988, and the present multi-storey car park subsequently built on the site. A photo of Fairfax House is available here, and Carole's photo was taken from a similar location. ST 59147 73195. © Carole Sage (2017).

God's House International Centre on Canon Street. It stands on the site of a Unitarian Mission Hall. The plaque visible between the two windows reads "ST. JAMES SCHOOL, INSTITUTED BENEVOLENT SCHOOL 1790, SUNDAY SCHOOL 1801, RECONSTRUCTED 1913, RESITED AND REBUILT 1971". Carole advises that until recently, the building was occupied by Jesus Kingdom City, part of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, which has since moved to Stokes Croft, and for which, see below. ST 58947 73512. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.

Of Greyfriars Franciscan Friary, very little remains. The Abbot's House off Deep Street is a replica of the original building, which was demolished in 1989, the small oval window near the roofline was incorporated in the new building, and is perhaps the only surviving part of the medieval original. It's currently home to a local charity. Another view. ST 58710 73390. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Some history here. These two illustrations show the area of Greyfriars 1, 2, and are from the Loxton Collection.

John Wesley's Chapel (The New Room) on Broadmead and The Horsefair, the world's oldest Methodist Chapel. ST 59092 73386. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, and a close-up of the statue. Both © Andrew Ross. Another view, © Jim Parker. A plaque describes some of its history, © Jim Parker. Two interior views - 1, 2. both © Gerard Charmley (2011). Another statue of Wesley has him on horseback, © Carole Sage (2016). The two-tier pulpit, © Carole Sage (2017). Link. Grade I listed.

The site of the former Huguenot Chapel on Orchard Street and Orchard Lane. Huguenots arrived in Bristol in the 17th century, and were granted permission to worship in St. Mark's in 1687. From that congregation a French Episcopal Church was formed, and it was they who founded and built the Orchard Street Chapel.  Originally dating from the 1720's, it was in the possession of the Christian Brethren by the late 19th century - one source says that the Huguenot Chapel closed in 1807. The Christian Brethren Hall seems to have closed between the wars. The office block now on the site dates from 1938. ST 58456 72938. © Carole Sage (2016).

The former Lewins Mead Unitarian Church, on Narrow Lewins Mead. Although the congregation dates from 1662, when a Presbyterian chapel was built on the site, this building was built in 1787 (because the original building had been badly damaged by a mob), closed in 1987 and was subsequently converted into offices. For the successor building, see the Unitarian Meeting Hall in the St. Paul's section, below. A condition of the change of use was that they had to allow public access. A sign asks that you telephone to arrange a viewing. ST 58669 73299. © Jim Parker. Interior view, the pulpit and some of the surviving pews, all © Carole Sage (2016). Link. A Loxton drawing. Grade II* listed.

The site of the demolished Lewins Mead Unitarian Domestic Mission, which stood on Beaufort Place. It was mentioned in a directory of 1914. The site is now home to parts of a student accommodation block, and of the bus station. ST 58951 73566. © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of Lodge Street Chapel (Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, 1775, later Congregational) is now occupied by a car park. ST 57487 73052. © Carole Sage (2016).

The Lord Mayor's Chapel - see St. Mark, below.

The Merchant Venturers Almshouses are an uncertain addition here. On King Street, they date from 1696, and were built for old and sick sailors. Originally in a quadrangle, much was destroyed in the war. Almshouses very typically included a chapel, and a plaque says that they were to pray for the blessing of an “endless Sabbath” for their benefactors, but Carole has been unable to find any documentary evidence that a chapel was part of the almshouses complex. ST 58704 72710. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II* listed.

The Methodist Centre on Midland Road. © Janet Gimber (2014). Link.

The site of Milk Street Methodist Chapel (United Free). It was founded in 1853 and closed in 1929, when the congregation joined that of the Wesleyan Chapel on Old King Street nearby. The Milk Street Chapel was subsequently used as a Gospel Temple, but when the site was acquired for demolition (1954) they relocated to Jamaica Street in Stokes Croft - see also the Elim entry in that section below. The site now lies beneath a camera shop in the Broadmead Shopping Centre, on what is now Horsefair. ST 59152 73490. © Carole Sage (2016). An interior photo is available here.

The site of the Mission Hall from Tyndale Baptist Church (for which, see Redland, below). It  was built on Deanery Road in 1888, and survived to appear on the O.S. map edition of 1949. It was demolished in the late 1960's to allow an extension from the adjacent library. ST 58219 72674. © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of a Mission Room. It shows on the O.S. map of 1880 on a site between Anchor Road and Lower College Green. It had gone by 1900 when the area was re-developed, and the new buildings demolished more recently to allow for the widening of Anchor Road - the area is now called College Square. ST 58224 72575. © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of a Moravian Church on Upper Maudlin Street. The church closed in 1971, and the site subsequently re-developed for offices. Loxton made drawings of the front and rear of the church. ST 58701 73437. © Carole Sage (2016).

A mystery here. One of Loxton's drawings of the interior of a building is labelled as "Old Chapel, Back Hall, Welsh Back". Carole has been researching this, and hasn't been able to find any references to a chapel on this site, which is now occupied by the rear service area of a hotel and other premises. Another view. She suspects that the drawing shows Spicer's Hall, built by Richard le Spicer in the 14th century. It survived a fire in 1906 which destroyed most of the buildings at Back Hall, but finally succumbed to Hitler's bombers in 1940. The doorway survived that however, and is now in the Bristol Museum; Loxton drew this too, as well as a selection of other elements. Can you confirm that the first drawing is of Spicer's Hall, and whether it, or another nearby building, was ever used as a chapel? ST 58928 72877. Both © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of Pithay Baptist Chapel was built in 1650, one of the earliest (and possibly the earliest) non-conformist place of worship in Bristol. Re-built on a larger scale in 1791-2, this too became too small, and a new chapel was built on Old King Street (see the Baptist Chapel entry, above). An illustration is available of Pithay (presumably the 1791 version) in the Loxton Collection. The site of Pithay now stands beneath the Broadmead Shopping Centre, to be precise, beneath an amusement arcade. ST 58980 73155. © Carole Sage (2016).

An early Presbyterian congregation met in a room in a building in St. James Back from 1672. They didn't remain here for very long, as by the 1680's they had moved Tucker Street - for which see Tucker Street Presbyterian Meeting Room on the Redcliffe page. The buildings are long gone, and only part of St. James Back survives, now re-named Silver Street. The exact location of the building is not known, and the following grid reference is just to Silver Street itself. ST 58956 73277. © Carole Sage (2017).

Prince's Hall on Prince Street was used as a place of worship by the Bristol Evangelistic Centre from 1957, for about thirty years. ST 58643 72507. © Carole Sage (2016).

Quakers Friars Meeting House (1747) on Broadmead stands on part of the site of the former Dominican Friary, established in 1227. Another view, and the doorway. A plaque says the the Friends had met on the same site since 1670. The present building replaced a 1670 building which had fallen into disrepair, and continued in use until 1956, when it was sold to the council, and used by them as a Register Office until roughly the turn of the century. ST 59274 73318. All © Carole Sage (2016). Grade I listed. The Loxton Collection has an illustration of the interior. Some adjacent buildings include Bakers' Hall, a mid-C16 guildhall, built on the site of the C13 monastery infirmary (and incorporating some of its fabric (grade II* listed, ST 59265 73299) and New Hall (grade II listed, ST 59264 73314) shown at the left, with Bakers' Hall to the right. Cutlers' Hall (or Smiths' Hall, grade II* listed, ST 59522 73323) is of the C13, originally the monastery dormitory, was for a time home to a congregation of Calvinistic Methodists (see Whitefield Tabernacle, below). The corner of the Friends Meeting House can be seen at left. A plaque mentions the Friary. All © Janet Gimber (2014). An illustration from the Loxton Collection shows the interior of Bakers' Hall.

A Quaker Meeting Room once stood on Callowhill Street. Of 18th century foundation, it became Bristol's first Blind Asylum in 1792. In 1895 it became the People's Bethel Mission. It's exact position is slightly uncertain, but the site is now part of the Cabot Circus development. ST 59340 73438. © Carole Sage (2016). The Loxton Collection has an illustration.

A former Merchants House on Queen Square was a one-time Sailors' Home, from the 1850's right up to the 1980's. There was a reading/meeting room, also used for prayer meetings and scripture readings by people from the Mission to Seamen. Accommodation was at the rear of the building in a former warehouse, fronting onto The Grove, and shown here in a Loxton drawing. A modern view. A Seaman's Church was built nearby just off Queen Square in 1873, and it's possible that prayer meetings ceased in the Merchants House at that time. ST 58826 72451. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II* listed.

Listed as a former place of worship here, St. Augustine's Hall off Orchard Lane and Gaunts Lane has every appearance of being the warehouse it once was, though now it is in use as offices. Not marked as a church or former church on any maps either Carole or I have access to, can you provide any confirmatory evidence as to its former status? Another view. ST 58488 72923. Both © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of St. Augustine the Less on College Green. Dating back to the 13th century, it was re-built in the 15th, and demolished in the 1960's to allow for an extension to the adjacent hotel. Another view. ST 58483 72737. Both © Carole Sage (2016). A photo from shortly before the demolition, is available here. An illustration of the early nineteenth century (by T. H. Shepherd) shows the church at the left, with the cathedral in the background. Here are three of Loxton's drawings- 1, 2, 3.

The site of St. Bartholomew, which stood on Union Street. Relatively short-lived, on-line sources suggest dates of 1861-1890. The church was succeeded by St. Bartholomew in the St. Andrew's area, funds for the building of which at least partly came from the sale of the old site. The site now forms part of the Broadmead Shopping Centre. ST 59006 73237. © Carole Sage (2016).

Some fragments remain of St. Bartholomew's Monastery, though most of the site is occupied by a modern office development (see Ecclesia Chapel, above). The Hospital Gateway survives as part of a row of C17 townhouses on Christmas Steps. Two additional views - 1, 2. ST 58656 73200. A Norman doorway (at ST 58349 72689) also survives, this now part of Abbey House (the Cathedral School) behind the cathedral. All © Carole Sage (2016 and 2018). Here are four of Loxton's drawings - 1, 2, 3, 4, and one from J. S. Prout, showing the medieval statue which once stood at the entrance.

The medieval chapel of St. Clement used to stand beside the Marsh Gate in the city walls. An 1831 charity report mentions it as follows - “... the chapel or hall, theretofore called or known by the name of St. Clement’s Chapel, and then called by the name of the Merchants hall, and used as the common hall for meetings of the company of Merchants within the said city of Bristol ...” . The site is now an open space in front of an office block. Note the Merchant Venturers' Almshouses (for which see above) in the background. Another view. This old illustration on Wikipedia shows the building as it was in 1673. ST 58684 72677. Both © Carole Sage (2016).

St. Ewen used to stand on the corner of Corn Street and Broad Street. Of 12th century foundation, the old church was replaced in the mid 15th century. The parish was joined with Christ Church in 1790, and the church demolished in 1820. The Register Office for Bristol now stands on the site. Another view, also showing Christ Church. ST 58865 73052. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Old illustrations are available here and here.

St. Giles was another church built into the city walls. Demolished before 1750, an office block now stands on the site, at the junction of Small Street and Quay Street. ST 58716 73105. © Carole Sage (2016).

St. James on Whitson Street and St. James Parade is the oldest surviving building in Bristol. The church is on a cramped site. It was founded in 1129 as a Benedictine Priory, of which the church is the only survivor, and that smaller than the original. It closed in 1984, but was subsequently taken over (in 1993) by the Little Brothers of Nazarene as a catholic and monastic church. Another view. ST 58893 73458. Both © Jim Parker. The tower, two interiors - 1, 2, a window, altar, the tomb of Robert (son of Henry I), the pulpit and the font. The churchyard is now a small public park. All © Carole Sage (2016). Link. Here are two of Loxton's drawing - 1, 2. A rotatable and walk-through view. Grade I listed.

The site of the demolished St. James Mission Hall (non-conformist). It shows on the 1880's O.S. map as standing on Great James Street and West Street, but it had gone by 1914. Redevelopment of the area means that even these streets no longer exist, and the site of the Mission now lies underneath the rear of the Bristol Magistrates Court. ST 58871 73535. © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of St. James the Less (1867) on Upper Maudlin Street. Still shown on the O.S. maps of 1949 and 1971 (though by then probably disused), it was demolished later in the 1970's to allow for expansion of the Dental Hospital. The Church Crawler website says that it was originally the church of Bristol Female Penitentiary. ST 58714 73466. © Carole Sage (2016).

St. John the Baptist is built into the city walls at the end of Broad Street. There were originally five such churches, but St. John is the only to survive to the present day. St. John's was closed in 1984, and is now looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust. ST 58752 73167. © Graeme Harvey. Interior view, © Simon Edwards. Another view (from outside the walls), the entrance steps, cockerel weather-vane,  two interiors - 1, 2, stone pulpit, and the font, Small (and unimpressive) fragments of wall paintings survive. More was re-discovered by workmen in 1828, though sadly this was covered over again, but not before an artist made a record. Here's a photo of that copy painting, the original of which was on the wall above the West door, whereby the congregation would have left the church after services, and shows sinners descending to hell. The crypt (doorway) used to be a private church for some of Bristol's Merchants, dedicated to The Child of the Holy Rood, and Carole advises that the merchants who used it referred to themselves as the Brotherhood of the Holy Rood. Interior view, and two of its tombs - 1, 2. In the crypt are the scant remains of a splendid eagle lectern, dating from 1683, and which used to be in Bristol Cathedral. In 1802 the cathedral proposed to sell it for scrap, which caused an uproar, and it was sold to a private buyer instead, who presented it to St. Mary-le-Port Church. It remained there until the Luftwaffe bombed and destroyed the church and lectern, the fragment of which was recovered from the ruins. An illustration of the complete lectern can be seen here. All © Carole Sage (2016 and 2017). Link. These illustrations are all from the Loxton Collection - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. A rotatable and walk-through view. Grade I listed.

The site of the medieval St. John's Chapel, which stood on Crow Lane. As early as the late 17th century the chapel had gone, and the site was used as Rackhay Burial Ground. A former office block stands on the site, and has been converted to be used as student accommodation. ST 58887 72793. © Carole Sage (2016).

St. Jordan's Chapel once stood on what is now College Green. A Saxon chapel, it stood in what was the graveyard of St. Augustine's Abbey - now Bristol's Cathedral. It is known to have been still standing in 1673, but the exact position of it is not known. Circa ST 58337 72776. © Carole Sage (2016).

St. Joseph's (or Trenchard Street Chapel) was the first Catholic church to be built in Bristol in the modern era. Founded in the 1740's, it closed in 1871, following the building of the larger and nearby St. Mary on the Quay (see below). It became a school and meeting room, and was sold for redevelopment in 1978. The street-fronting facade and end-wall with apse survive from the chapel. Now called Chapel House, it is now flats. Three additional views - 1, 2, 3.  ST 58564 73148. All © Carole Sage (2016 and 2017). Grade II listed.

St. Lawrence was another of the churches built into the city walls, and stood next to St. John the Baptist. Demolished in the 16th century, a cafe now occupies the site. ST 58739 73148. © Carole Sage (2016). Some surviving fabric of the church was revealed during building work in the 1960's - see here for more details, and a photo.

St. Leonard also stood on the city walls, and was demolished in the mid-18th century. The site is shown in this photo - the line of the city wall ran across the road just behind where the traffic cone is. The gateway, with church above, blocked the main road at this point. ST 58732 72955. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.

St. Mark, better known as The Lord Mayor's Chapel, on College Green. Originally this was the chapel for St. Mark's Hospital, founded in 1220, and also sometimes known as the Hospital of the Gaunts. Carole Sage advises that this is the only church in Britain to be owned and controlled by the local authority. ST 58389 72837. © Aidan McRae Thomson. Two further views -1, 2, both © Jim Parker. Interior view, © Simon Edwards. The cockerel weather vane, tree further interiors - 1, 2, 3, a fine window, and a selection of the many monuments - 1, 2, 3, all © Carole Sage (2016 and 2018). Loxton made a number of drawing - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Link1. Link2. Grade I listed.

The site of St. Mark's Priory stands adjacent to St. Mark (above) on Unity Street. The present building dates from the late C19, and is now in commercial use (ground floor) with flats above. ST 58391 72868. © Carole Sage (2016).

The remains of St. Mary-le-Port, in Castle Park, which was destroyed by bombing in 1940. ST 58978 73017. © Andrew Ross. Another view, © Carole Sage (2016). More on this church here, including pre-war exterior and interior photos. Link1. Link2. Link3. Two post-bombing photos - 1, 2. Grade II listed.

The approximate site of St. Mary Magdalene Nunnery (C12 -C16). An inn was built on the site (or part of the site) at some point - King David's Inn, which was later replaced by St. David's Hotel, which still stands on Upper Maudlin Street. No longer a hotel, it was bought by the local hospital trust, and is used for temporary accommodation for hospital staff. An illustration of the old inn is available here. Circa ST 58573 73296. © Carole Sage (2016).

St. Mary on the Quay (R.C.) on Colston Avenue. © Graeme Harvey. Link1. Link2. A Loxton drawing.

The site of St. Matthias-on-the-Weir, which stood at the junction of Stratton Street and Victoria Street, and was opened in 1851. A photo of the church is available here. It was closed in the years following WWII, and was demolished in 1952. The site now stands under the Cabot Circus development and adjoining roadway. The new road on the site of the church is called Bond Street South, and a nearby building, St. Matthias House (flats), and St. Matthias Park, are reminders that the church used to stand nearby. ST 59494 73391. © Carole Sage (2016).

The former St. Nicholas, built in 1769 atop the crypt of the old St. Nicholas. Since it was closed in the 1950's it has had several occupants, but has latterly been home to Bristol and Region Archaeological Services. However, it has been announced (2018, news items - 1, 2,) that the church is to re-open. ST 58940 72941. © Graeme Harvey. Another view, and a photo showing damage sustained in WWII, both © Carole Sage (2016), and another, © Carole Sage (2017). The church is said to be unique in having a clock with an inset seconds dial. The additional dial was added during restoration work in the 1870's. © Carole Sage (2017). Link. Grade II* listed. It was successor to the medieval St. Nicholas, which was built into the city walls, and demolished in the 1760's to make way for the re-building of Bristol Bridge. Part of the old church still survives, as the crypt of the present-day church, and an illustration of the crypt is available here, part of the Loxton Collection.

The ruins of St. Peter in Castle Park, a victim of WWII bombing. ST 59124 73099. © Andrew Ross. Another view, © Carole Sage (1999), and five additional views - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and a a monument to Richard Savage the poet (more on him here), all © Carole Sage (2016). Link1. Link2. Again, the Loxton Collection has some illustrations - 1, 2, 3. A post-bombing photo. Grade II* listed.

St. Philip & St. Jacob dates from the early 13th century, but stands on the site of a small priory, known to have existed in the year 900. The full dedication is St. Philip and St. Jacob with Emmanuel the Unity, and this dates from the early 1960's when a daughter church (Emmanuel Church in St. Philip's Marsh) had to be closed for structural reasons, and the congregations were united. ST 59488 73005. © Andrew Ross. Two additional views - 1, 2, both © Carole Sage (2017). Link. Link2. Link3. Grade II* listed. Three Loxton drawings - 1, 2, 3.

St. Stephen, on St. Stephen's Street. ST 58681 72984. © Graeme Harvey. Another view, © Jim Parker. Two further views - 1, 2, the cockerel weather-vane, gargoyles and grotesques - 1, 2, 3, 4, the interior, altar, reredos and East window, carved stone pulpit (detail), side altar, eagle lectern, the font, and a selection of the tombs and monuments - 1 (detail), 2, 3, and of the windows - 1, 2, 3, all © Carole Sage (2016, 2017 and 2018). Link. Grade I listed.

The site of St. Werburgh on Corn Street and Small Street, notable as the church in which John Wesley first preached. Founded in 1190, it was closed in 1877, taken down stone by stone, and subsequently re-erected on Mina Road (see the St. Werburgh's section, below). It's still there, though no longer in use as a church. A photo of the church, in its original position, is available here. The building on the site, although built as a bank, is now used as offices and a restaurant. ST 58801 73010. © Carole Sage (2016).

Salem Christian Brethren Chapel - see Colston Hall, above.

The first Salvation Army presence in Bristol (Bristol No. 1 Corps) was in 1881 in a building known as The Circus in Backfields, off Stokes Croft. The illustration is a contemporary drawing. It burned down in 1895, and was succeeded by the Salvation Army Citadel on Ashley Road, in St. Paul's, for which see St. Paul's. From Rob Kinnon-Brettle's collection.

Pope's Parade once held a Salvation Army Slum Post. According to the information here, Slum Posts were manned by paid staff and volunteers, and religious meetings were held in them on most days. The site now lies beneath what is currently a gym, part of the Cabot Circus development. ST 59228 73270. © Carole Sage (2016). The Loxton Collection has an illustration.

The former Seaman's church and Institute on Royal Oak Avenue. ST 58652 72505. © Andrew Ross. Originally on the site as an Unknown, Jane McCredie suggested that it may be the Seamen's Church, and Phil Draper has confirmed the identification. Built in 1873, the building originally had the institute on the ground floor, with church above. Damaged by bombing in WWII, it closed as a result. It's subsequent history is, at the moment, unknown, though it has stood empty for a good number of years. Another view, © Carole Sage (2016).

The Seamen's Friend and Bethel Union met for many years in a large old ship moored at The Grove. In use from 1821, it was colloquially known as the Seamen's Chapel. Its date of closure is at present unknown, but it was capable of seating 1000 people, and was well attended for many years. If the ship survived to this date, it will be one of the ships at the centre of this 1871 photo of the docks. A modern view shows the site as it is today. ST 58798 72389. © Carole Sage (2016).

Severn Vineyard Church meet at The Station (a former fire station) on Silver Street. They also hold week-day services at The Power House on Feeder Road in St. Philip's, for which see that section, below. See also ST 58908 73335. © Carole Sage (2017). Link.

Sri Chinmoy Prayer and Meditation Centre occupies the 2nd floor of No.1 Unity Street. ST 58344 72874. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.

The approximate site of the former Stratton Street Wesleyan Mission. Short-lived, it is mentioned a directory of 1902, but not mentioned in the 1914 edition. Its apparent absence from any maps means that its exact position is uncertain, but the site must lie beneath the Cabot Circus development, and Carole's photo shows Stratton Lane. ST 59480 73506. © Carole Sage (2016).

A Swedenborgian Church (site of) was built on Bedford Road in 1878. Later re-named Terrell Street, the church was sold to Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1898, and the area was cleared for the expansion of the hospital in the 1960's. The congregation then moved to Immanuel Church in Redland (see Holy Celtic Church in Redland, below). According to this site (which has a short history of the Swedenborgian church in Bristol), it was a tin church, later clad in stone. A piece of Terrell Street remains, behind the Queen's Building. Also on Terrell Street was an Elim Church in the 1950's, and Pembroke Hall, a Mission Hall founded in 1936. The exact placement of these buildings is difficult to trace, but will also now be under the hospital. ST 58616 73453. Both © Carole Sage (2016).

Bristol's Jewish community used a room in a building on Lower College Green (now called College Square) as a temporary synagogue, after their old building in Redcliffe was demolished in the 1860's, and before the present-day synagogue was built on Park Row in Tyndall's Park (for which see the Tyndall's Park section, below), which opened in 1871. As Carole doesn't know the exact location of the building, she has sent two general views - 1, 2, the latter also showing the Cathedral. The grid reference (ST 58257 72620) is for the centre of the square. Both © Carole Sage (2017).

The site of the United Jewish Christian Church, which stood at 7 St. James Churchyard. Mentioned in a directory of 1914, it had closed by 1931 when they moved to new premises in Milk Street. The site was eventually redeveloped as part of the Broadmead Shopping Centre, and now lies beneath Primark. The site of the Milk Street church now lies beneath the Cabot Circus development, under a retail unit at the rear of the cinema. When the church was closed in the 1950's, the congregation moved to St. Paul's - that building is now Wesleyan Holiness Church (not yet on this website). ST 59337 73499. Both © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of the former Welsh Baptist Chapel (1820, Capel y Beddwyr) on Upper Maudlin Street. Closed in 1964, the site was redeveloped as an NHS education and research centre. ST 58680 73402. © Carole Sage (2016). A photo is available here (scroll down).

The former Welsh Congregational Church on St. James's Parade. Originally built in 1859 as St. James Presbyterian Church, it was partially destroyed in WWII. The surviving fabric, including the tower (which had had its spire removed in 1957) was built into the Welsh church. This closed in 1988 and converted into offices. ST 58948 73476. © Jim Parker. Another view, © Carole Sage (2017). Here's a Loxton drawing, another shows this church, and St. James Priory Church. A 1908 postcard shows the church in a much more spacious environment.

A Welsh Independent Chapel stood on Lower Castle Street. Built in about 1823, an illustration is available in the Loxton Collection. Another victim of the Luftwaffe, the site now lies beneath the eastern end of Castle Park. ST 59414 73190. © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of Whitefield Tabernacle (Calvinistic Methodist) on Penn Street. It was built in 1753 by the supporters of George Whitefield after his break with the Wesleyans. They had previously met in Cutlers' Hall, for which see the Quakers Friars Meeting Hall entry, above. The Calvinistic Methodist became the Congregational movement in the 19th century. The then Congregational Chapel was closed in the 1950's, and the site later re-developed as part of the Broadmead shopping centre, and again more recently as the Cabot Circus development. Many of the fixtures and fittings were moved to Horfield U.R.C. (for which see Horfield, below). Old photos of the building are available here and here, ST 59381 73354. © Carole Sage (2016). The Loxton Collection has a number of illustrations - 1, 2, 3, 4.

Arno's Vale
Arno's Vale Cemetery has two chapels - Anglican (another view), and the Non-Conformist (another view). The cemetery was closed in 1998. It was saved from redevelopment, and is now open to the public. A third chapel also existed at one time in a different part of the cemetery, and is last marked on O.S. maps of the 1970's. The site of it is now part of the gardens. The remaining chapels are now used for a variety of purposes, but memorial services are still held occasionally. A display board includes a reproduction of a Victorian lithograph showing the two existing chapels. ST 60471 71303 (demolished chapel), ST 60847 71491 (Anglican), ST 60739 71533 (Non-Conformist). All © Carole Sage (2011). Cemetery link. The Anglican Chapel is Grade II* listed, as is the Non-Conformist. Link. A rotatable and walk-through view of the Non-Conformist Chapel. Another is available for the cemetery itself.
Holy Souls Roman Catholic Cemetery stands adjacent to the above cemetery. It's chapel is at ST 60961 71586. © Carole Sage (2016).
St. Mary Redcliffe Cemetery is on Bath Road, opposite the main entrance to Arno's Vale Cemetery. Closed for many years, it fell into disrepair, and a local man subsequently decided to look after it, but was asked to desist by the Bristol Diocese. The Chapel. ST 60866 71730. © Carole Sage (2016).
Of the former Chapel of the Convent of the Good Shepherd on Bath Road, all that remains is one wall. Damaged by bombing in WW2, the convent moved to Henbury circa 1950, and for which see Henbury, below. The convent itself (Arnos Court, 1859) has been converted into a hotel, and the chapel wall now forms part of its restaurant. ST 61121 71549. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Link (scroll down to the notes).

Ashton Gate and Ashton Vale
The former Ashton Gate Bethany Chapel (Independent Methodist, 1895) on Bath Street and North Road has been converted to residential use. ST 57119 71566.
© Carole Sage (2016).
Ashton Gate Chapel stood on the corner of Ashton Gate Road and Greenway Bush Lane. ST 57408 71765. Founded as a mission from Hebron Church on Hebron Road, it was later a Free United Methodist Chapel. Closed perhaps in the 1960's, it's now a school garden and play area. © Carole Sage (2016).
Ashton Gate Mission Room was founded in the 1880's, and took over a pre-existing school building on Ashton Road. It stood approximately where the road junction is now. ST 57175 71734. © Carole Sage (2016).
Ashton Vale Church on Risdale Road. ST 56651 70498. © Carole Sage (2016).
St. Francis of Assisi (consecrated 1953) on North Street is the third church on the site. The first is marked on the 1874 OS map as Iron Church, which was succeeded by a handsome 1886-7 church, destroyed during WWII. Another view. The East window. ST 57363 71659. All © Carole Sage (2016 and 2017). Some illustrations of the Victorian and present churches are available here.

Bedminster and Bedminster Down.

The Amitabha Buddhist Centre is in the former vicarage of St. Michael and All Angels on Gloucester Road. It opened in 2006. ST 59143 75550. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Belmont Road Spiritualist Centre
, on Belmont Road. ST 591 752. © Andrew Ross.
Bishopston Methodist Church, on Gloucester Road. ST 59169 75658. © Andrew Ross. Another view, © Carole Sage (2016). Next door is previous Methodist Church, which is now used as a Gymnastics School. One internet source says that the foundation stone was laid in 1883, and another that it opened in 1890. Originally Wesleyan, it was successor to Ebenezer Chapel on Old King Street, for which see the entry in the main Bristol section, above. The building eventually became too expensive to maintain, and the in 1988 the church bought the adjoining residential property, which is the present church. ST 59168 75645. © Andrew Ross. Another view, © Carole Sage (2016). Another building, further to the right, was presumably the church hallAnother view, © Carole Sage (2016) who advisees that the church hall is now used by a theatre company. Thanks to Phil Draper for confirming some of these identifications, and for providing this link. © Andrew Ross. Link.
The site of Horfield Gospel Hall (Christian Brethren, 1884) on Gloucester Road. Later known as Bishopston Gospel Hall, it was still marked as such on the 1970 O.S. map, it had closed by 1990's, when the congregation from St. Michael and All Angels took up temporary residence here, after their church closed. They moved into their new church in 2002, whereupon the site was sold to a developer who built offices and flats on the site. ST 59084 75494. © Carole Sage (2016). Photos from just before demolition are available here.
There is another former United Free Methodist Church on Gloucester Road Berkeley Road at ST 59028 75322. Opened in 1865, it was closed in 1959, and following its sale in the 1960's has been in various commercial uses. © Andrew Ross. Another view, © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
The former Plymouth Brethren Meeting Hall (1925- late 1990's ) on Prince's Road is now Princes Hall Meeting Room. It has also commonly been referred to in the past as Princes Room and Denmark Hall (from the adjacent Denmark Place). Another view. ST 59139 75397. Both © Carole Sage (2016).
St. Bonaventure (R.C., circa 1900), on Egerton Road. Interior view. ST 58591 75592. Both © Graeme Harvey. Another view (which also shows the monastery building to the left), and a statue of the saint above the entrance to the monastery, both © Carole Sage (2016). The statue is evidently a later addition, as this Edwardian-era Loxton drawing shows the niche as empty. Link1. Link2. Link3.
St. Michael and All Angels, on Gloucester Road. The church is in partnership with The Church of the Good Shepherd on Bishop Road (see next entry), and St. Bartholomew in St. Andrews (for which see St. Andrew's, below). ST 59109 75572. © Andrew Ross. Another view, © Carole Sage (2016). It was preceded by an earlier church of the same name (1858) on the opposite side of the road. Structural problems caused its closure in the 1990's, and the congregation moved to the former Horfield Gospel Hall (see above) until what had been the St. Michael's Sunday School was re-opened as the new church in 2002. Despite opposition, the old church was demolished and flats built on the site. ST 59145 75521. © Carole Sage (2016). Link. A photo of the old church is available here; more photos here.
The Church of the Good Shepherd (1935) on Bishop Road. The church is in partnership with St. Michael and All Angels on Gloucester Road (see previous entry), and St. Bartholomew in St. Andrews. The congregation of Emmanuel Bishopston (formerly Emmanuel Ashley Down) also meet here. Another view. ST 58336 75916. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Triratna Buddhist Centre on Gloucester Road occupies a former shop. ST 59111 75592
. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.

Bishopsworth Hall, on Church Road, a community hall dating from the 1970's, was home to a Brethren Meeting. Dates are uncertain, but the building was converted for residential use in or soon after 1999. ST 57190 68899.
© Carole Sage (2017).
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (2011) on Whitchurch Road stands on the site of an earlier Kingdom Hall, which can be dated to no earlier than the 1970's, as St. Peter's church hall stood on the site prior to that. ST 57218 68747.
© Carole Sage (2016).
The medieval church for the area was the chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul, which stood on Chapel Lane. Dating from the late twelfth century, it was converted into three cottages in the 1840's after the current St. Peter was built. Like the U.R.C. in the next entry, it was demolished to make way for the swimming pool. Carole Sage's photo (
© 2016) shows the site. An old photo of the cottages is available here. ST 57177 68700. The present St. Peter was built in 1841-3 on Church Road, and extended in 1877 with the addition of a vestry and porch. It was originally intended to have a tower, but this was never built. Two additional views - 1, 2. ST 57061 68667. All © Carole Sage (2016). Link. Two Loxton drawings - 1, 2. Grade II* listed.
The former U.R.C. on Church Road was built in 1930 as Congregational, and closed in 2012. ST 56989 68512.
Its predecessor stood across the road, at ST 57154 68713, and it and the adjacent buildings were demolished in the 1960's to make way for a swimming pool, which now occupies the site. The chapel stood approximately where the two furthest drainpipes on the right hand wall. A photo is available here. Both © Carole Sage (2016).

Brandon Hill
The former St. George on Great George Street.
Built in the years following Waterloo, from a national fund to commemorate Wellington's victory in that battle, it was known locally (unsurprisingly) as Waterloo Church. It closed in the 1980's, and is now a well known music and performance venue. Two further views - 1, 2. ST 58138 72985. All © Carole Sage (2016). Link. A rotatable and walk-through view. Grade II* listed.
The former St. Mary's Hospital had its own chapel. The hospital was built between the wars, and originally run by
the Charity of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God. Currently disused, demolition is likely. An old photo of the hospital is available here. ST 57886 73103. © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of Bethesda Christian Brethren Chapel on Great George Street and Charlotte Street South. Dating from the 1820's, it was another victim of WWII bombing, and demolished a few years later. An illustration is available here. ST 58070 72900. © Carole Sage (2016).
The site of the Catholic Apostolic Church on Byron Place (previously called Upper Berkeley Place). Built in the 1860's as a "small iron structure", it only lasted until circa 1891, when a successor church elsewhere replaced it (for which, see the Clifton page, Eastern Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God). A short terrace of red-brick houses now occupy the site. ST 57848 73111. © Carole Sage (2016).
The 1900's and 1949 O.S. maps both show a small Primitive Methodist Chapel (1899) on York Place. It survives as part of a nearby primary school. Another view. ST 58045 72684. Both © Carole Sage (2016).

The site of the chapel of Brentry Hospital. Although first marked as a chapel on maps of the 1930's, map evidence shows that the building itself was older than that. The hospital, founded in 18
98 as Brentry Certified Inebriate Reformatory, underwent several changes of purpose and name before it became part of the N.H.S. in 1948. The hospital was closed in 2000, and most of the buildings, including the chapel, were cleared to make way for housing. The chapel stood where the parking area is in the photo. Despite all her best efforts, Carole has been unable to find an on-line photo of the chapel. ST 57656 78749. © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Lower Knowle Lane. Built in the early years of the 20th century, it was closed by 1957, when Brentry Methodist Church, built adjacent to the old chapel, replaced it. This too was closed by 2010, and the area redeveloped as sheltered housing, called Barstaple Almshouses. Both can be seen on Streetview - Ebenezer, ST 57371 79126, Methodist, ST 57377 79118. © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of St. Mark (CoE), which stood at the junction of Okebourne Road and Menhyr Grove. Dating from the early 1950's, it seems to have closed in the late 1980's. It was used as a school for some years after that, but ultimately it was demolished to make way for a housing development. ST 57987 79369. © Carole Sage (2017).
St. Peter's Hospice (1998) on Charlton Road. Although it's not confirmed whether the hospice has a chapel or not, it does offer a chaplaincy service. ST 57677 78628. © Carole Sage (2017). Link.

 Brislington, including St. Anne's, Sandy Park, Broomhill and Kensington Park

Clifton and Clifton Wood.

Coombe Dingle
The site of the demolished Wesleyan Methodist tin tabernacle. Built some time between 1890 and 1903, it survived until the 1990's, when it was demolished to make way for housing.
ST 55763 77195. © Carole Sage (2017). A photo is available here (scroll down).

Christ Church on Redland Road. The preceding church on the same site was Cotham Wesleyan Chapel, which was built in 1877-8, and only lasted until 1896 when it was burned down by a burglar. Its successor, Cotham Chapel, was built in 1897, and continued as such until 1967 when the congregations of Cotham Grove Baptist Church (see next entry) and Arley Hill Chapel (see
Our Lady of Ostrabrama, below) joined with Cotham Chapel, whereupon it was re-named Christ Church. The church closed in 1988, and was in the process of being turned into offices when the developer's money ran out. It subsequently reverted to being a church - and is now known as Cornerstone Church, for which see this link. ST 58745 74481. © Graeme Harvey. Interior view, © Neil Floyd (1988). Two additional views - 1, 2, two interiors - 1, 2, and the fine East window, all © Carole Sage (2016).
The site of Cotham Grove Baptist Church, on Elmgrove Road. Founded in 1872, it closed in 1967 when the congregation, along with that of Arley Congregational Chapel (see Our Lady of Ostrabama, below), joined with Cotham Chapel, which was then re-named as Christ Church (see above). Housing was subsequently built on the site. Photos of the church is available here (scroll down). ST 58601 74375. © Carole Sage (2016).
Cotham Parish Church on Cotham Road serves the parish of St. Saviour with St. Mary. Built as Highbury Congregational (1843) and designed by William Butterfield (his only Non-Conformist chapel, and his first major work) it was extended in 1863 and 1893. ST 58215 73854. © Graeme Harvey. Another view, and two interior views - 1, 2, all © Gerard Charmley (2011). Another view, © Carole Sage (2016), and another © Carole Sage (2017). Link1. Link2. Three Loxton drawings date from the time when it was still Highbury Chapel - 1, 2, 3. Grade II* listed.
The Elmgrove Centre (Christian Community Centre) on Elmgrove Road and Redland Road, which at the time of Graeme's photograph housed the Fellowship of the King church. It was originally St. Nathanael (1875), which closed in 1988 when the congregation merged with St. Matthew in Kingsdown (for which, see Kingsdown, below). It became Elmgrove Centre in 1995. ST 58660 74512. © Graeme Harvey. Before 2016, when Carole Sage visited, the King Church has been replaced by City Church. Link1. Link2 (with more photos).
The former Meeting Room and Chapel on Hillside. Not an obvious former place of worship, but it is listed here as having had a congregation belonging to the Christian Community. ST 58120 73911. © Carole Sage (2016).
What is obviously now a private residence on Sydenham Hill was registered (according to this link) as a Lutheran Church in 1953. ST 58903 74224. © Carole Sage (2016).
Our Lady of Ostrabrama (Polish Catholic). Built as Congregational in 1855, it was usually known as Arley Chapel, which closed in 1968. As a Polish Catholic Church, it opened as Polish Church of Our Lady of Mercy, but has since been re-named to what it is today. See also Christ Church, above. ST 59043 74290. © Gerard Charmley (2011). Three further views - 1, 2, 3, all © Carole Sage (2016). Link1. Link2 (scroll down) Loxton made a drawing. Grade II listed.
St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly (Little Sisters of the Poor) has a chapel (1876). Sited at the rear of the home, the chapel is very difficult to see from public land - this is the best that can be achieved. Carole mentions that the Bird's Eye option in Bing maps gives a much better view. ST 58018 73949. Both
© Carole Sage (2016).
A Salvation Army Slum Post operated at 116 Cheltenham Road in the 1920's. It's the left-most of the scaffolded buildings. © Rob Kinnon-Brettle (1997).
A Seventh-day Adventist Church once stood on Arley Hill. Dating from 1929, it closed in 1955 when the a new church was built in Montpelier (for which see Montpelier, below). The church was demolished, and a garage built on the site. But this only lasted a few years until the area was redeveloped with a block of flats being built on the site. The flats cover approximately four times the land area of the church. ST 58950 74396. © Carole Sage (2016).

Crew's Hole
The former Crew's Hole Methodist Church stands at the junction of Crew's Hole Road and Trooper's Hill Road. Built as United Free Methodist in 1853, it was closed in 1988, and the congregation transferred to Summerhill Methodist Church in St. George (for which see the St. George page). Crew's Hole Methodist Church, and its adjoining Sunday School (at left) were subsequently converted to residential use. ST 62876 72815. © Carole Sage (2018). Link (scroll down).
The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Crew's Hole
Road. From available map evidence, it seems to have been built in the 1840's or very early 1850's. Maps also provide a closure date of between 1938 and 1955. It stands fairly close to the Crew's Hole Methodist Church, so the congregations probably merged at the time of closure. It was subsequently used by an engineering firm, but was later converted to residential use. ST 62624 73065. © Carole Sage (2018).

Durdham Down
The supposed site of St. Lambert's Chapel, which was also known as Holy Cross Chapel. The site is marked on old O.S. maps, but there seems to be remarkably little information about it on-line. ST 57228 74924. © Carole Sage (2018).

Easton & Eastville (including Baptist Mills, Upper and Lower Easton, Greenbank and Upper Eastville

Fishponds and Hillfields (including Clay Hill and Oldbury Court).

Golden Hill
A former Mission Room, formed from two semi-detached houses in the rural Golden Hill district, shows on O.S. maps from the turn of the 20th century. As the area was connected by better roads to neighbouring districts, it became unnecessary, and it closed sometime between 1915 and 1935. At some point it was converted back into two houses. ST 58537 76263.
© Carole Sage (2017).

The site of the demolished Hartcliffe Pentecostal Church on Murford Avenue. Replaced by housing, the church (which Carole tentatively dates to the 1960's from map evidence) stood where the end house now stands. Maps from the early 1990's still show the church. ST 57728 68057.
© Carole Sage (2016).
The River of Life Christian Centre on Bishport Avenue. ST 58981 67550.
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.
The parish church is St. Andrew on Brocks Road, and dates from 1956. Another view. ST 58380 67409. Both
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.
The site of St. Pius X (R.C.) on Hareclive Road. Built in 1956, it was replaced by St. Pius X in Withywood in 1987, and subsequently demolished to make way for the care home which now occupies the site. ST 58679 67722.
© Carole Sage (2016).
A Salvation Army Hall once stood on Hareclive Road, at ST 57665 68221. The site is now occupied by St. John's Hall, used by the St. John's Ambulance, though the S.A. hall stood nearer to the camera, on the grassed area.
© Carole Sage (2016).
South Bristol Methodist Church on Mowcroft Road opened in 1958. The flats on the left of the photo stand on the site of the church hall, demolished relatively recently. ST 58525 67833. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.

Headley Park
Headly Park Church on St. Peter's Rise. Another view. The church hall was the original church, dating from the 1940's - it was then known as Crossways Tabernacle. The current church dates from about 10 years later. ST 57264 69049.
All © Carole Sage (2016). Link.

Emmanuel Chapel (Evangelical) on Satchfield Crescent was built in the late 1950's as Christian Brethren. ST 57078 78626. © Carole Sage (2017). Link.
Henbury Village Hall on Church Close hosts services for the Junior Church of the Church of St. Mary, and Messy Church
. The present building is an 1830 re-build of a Charity School of 1624. ST 56314 78851. © Carole Sage (2018). Link. Grade II listed.
New Kingsland U.R.C. on Passage Road. Dating from 1952, it was originally New Kingsland Congregational Chapel. Its name derives from Kingsland Congregational Chapel on Kingsland Road in St. Philip's, which was damaged by bombing in WW2. The old church survived until 1952; the sale of the land cleared by its demolition helped to provide funds for the building of the new chapel. Another view. ST 57024 79370.
Both © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of the short-lived Pentecostal Holiness Church, behind houses on Richeson Walk. Founded in 1968 (perhaps as an off-shoot of P
entecostal Holiness Church at Southmead, for which see Southmead, below) it had closed by 1980 and was subsequently demolished. ST 56936 78748. © Carole Sage (2017).
St. Anthony (R.C.) on Keinton Walk. It was founded in 1956 from Sacred Heart at Westbury-on-Trym. ST 57039 78823.
© Carole Sage (2017). Link.
St. Mary the Virgin. Two further views -
1, 2. What appears to be a small mortuary chapel stands in the churchyard. All © Carole Sage (2016). In the graveyard stands the memorial markers to Scipio Africanus, an African, and slave to the 7th Earl of Suffolk. More on Scipio here. ST 56331 78787. © Carole Sage (2017). Link1. Link2. Three Loxton drawings - 1, 2, 3. Grade II* listed.
The site of The Convent of the Good Shepher
d, which was built in the grounds of Severn House on Windmill Lane, between 1949 and 1951, replacing the Convent of the Good Shepherd at Arnos Court at Arno's Vale (for which see Arno's Vale, above) which had been bomb damaged during the WW2. Severn House itself was run as St. Raphael's Mother and Baby Home. The convent closed in 1976, and although Severn House survives, the free-standing chapel was demolished to make way for housing. ST 55638 79235. © Carole Sage (2017).
The form
er Wesley Methodist Theological College on College Park Drive was built in stages during the late 1940s and early 1950's. Originally the chapel was in the main block, but was later moved into a new building called the Headingley Building, dating from circa 1970, and which also served for holding tutorials. The Headingley Building is closest to the camera in this photo. The college closed in 2011, was sold, and subsequently converted into a care home. The Headingley building has since been altered and extended, but the chapel as it was before closure can be seen here. ST 56893 78248. © Carole Sage (2017).

Carmel City Church meet in Cineworld in Hengrove Leisure Park off Hengrove Way. Another view. This is one of five places where the church meets in Bristol - they call this one the South Campus. ST 59292 68657. Both
© Carole Sage (2017). Link.
Christ Church (1934) on Petherton Road was built as a Mission from St. Christopher in Brislington (for which see Brislington). ST 60925 69292.
© Carole Sage (2016). Link1. Link2.
The one-time Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Hengrove Lane. In use from circa 1958 to 2007, it's now in use as a dance studio. ST 60595 69708. © Carole Sage (2016).
Oasis Church meet in Oasis Academy John Williams school on Petherton Road. ST 60863 69219. © Carole Sage (2017). Link.

Christian Science Society (The First Church of Christ, Scientist) on North View has a date-stone for 1986, and it replaced an earlier church of the 1930's, on the same site. Two further views - 1, 2. ST 57570 75827. Both
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.
The Royal School for the Blind was established in what was then Westbury-on-Trym in 1911. The school closed in 1968, and the site was subsequently cleared for a housing development. The school had a chapel - though its precise location among the complex of buildings is not currently known. The view shows what would have been the rear of the school, and the following grid reference is for the main school building. ST 58083 77110. © Carole Sage (2017). These two old photos show the school - 1, 2, and Loxton made drawings of the exterior of the school and interior of the chapel.
St. Peter on The Drive and St. Peter's Walk is pre-war. Three further views - 1, 2, 3. ST 57913 76470. All © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church
on Waterford Road and Henleaze Road. Built as Henleaze Congregational Church in 1906, it later became U.R.C., and in 2004 the congregation was joined by Trinity U.R.C. in Redland (and for which, see Trinity Church in Redland, below) when the name was changed to what it is today. An extension - Bradbury Church Hall - was added in 2010. Loxton made two drawings - exterior and interior. ST 57725 76576. © Carole Sage (2016). Link (scroll down).

Horfield, Ashley Down and Ashley Vale.


The site of the Allen Memorial Chapel on Southwell Street, off St. Michael's Hill. Dedicated in 1912 to serve what was then known as the "Lying-in Hospital" (later Bristol Maternity Hospital, and later yet, when the Maternity hospital moved elsewhere, the Children's Hospital), it was demolished sometime after 2001 when developments elsewhere meant it was surplus to requirements. Carole thinks that the two walls in the far corner of the car park may have been part of the chapel. ST 58375 73597. © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of the former Brethren Mission Hall on Eugene Street. Dating from the later 19th century, it was closed in 1963, and a car park now occupies the site. ST 58828 73668. © Carole Sage (2016).
Bristol 10 Salvation Army Corps met in Victoria Buildings on Portland Street (the white building in the photo) from 1886 to 1908. ©
Rob Kinnon-Brettle.
Dating from 1962, Bristol Institute for the Deaf on King Square has an integral chapel. It replaced an earlier Deaf and Dumb Institute on the same site, which Loxton drew. The modern building was re-named as Centre for the Deaf at some point, and has recently moved to new premises in Fishponds. A nearby Elim Pentecostal Church has taken the building over as Community and Conference Centre, and re-named it as King Centre. Services still seem to be held in the chapel. Another view. ST 58951 73825. Both © Carole Sage (2016).
The Chapel of Colston's Almshouses (on St. Michael's Hill) stands in the centre of the range (with gable above). Built in 1691 by wealthy merchant Edward Colston - a controversial figure these days, for his involvement with the slave trade - the almshouses are still run as supported housing for the elderly. Another view, from the rear. ST 58518 73390. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Two Loxton drawings - 1, 2. Grade I listed.
The former Christian Mission to the Deaf and Dumb on King Square. ST 58905 73767.
© Carole Sage (2016). Loxton's drawing.
Portland Street Chapel (Wesleyan) opened in 1792 and was extended in 1883 with the construction of the Lutton Memorial Hall. The original chapel was demolished in the 1970's but the Memorial Hall survived, and was incorporated into the development of flats which were built on the site. The chapel’s burial ground became a car park for the flats. ST 58514 73821. © Carole Sage (2016). Link1. Link2. A Loxton drawing.
St. Matthew with St. Nathanael on Clare Road and Cotham Side was originally St. Matthew, built in 1835. The parish boundaries were altered in 1988
to include that of St. Nathanael’s Church in Cotham. St. Nathanael was closed (later to re-open as The Elmgrove Centre, and for which, see Cotham, above). St. Matthew was renamed as St. Mathew with St. Nathanael. Two further views - 1, 2. ST 58756 74073. All © Carole Sage (2016). Link. Loxton made a drawing of the church.
Originally a school (mid-C19), St. Matthew's Parish Hall was reconstructed (complete or partial re-build?) and enlarged from the school building in 1912, and served as the parish hall and Sunday School. By the late 1970's it was in commercial use as a hot-air balloon factory, but by the mid 1980's the building had been acquired by the Bristol Christian Fellowship. Re-named The Ark, three local churches used to meet here, but in recent years the building has been converted into flats. Two further views - 1, 2. ST 58579 73822. All © Carole Sage (2016).
St. Michael's Hospital (on St. Michael's Hill) has a "multi-faith space" called The Quiet Room. A large site, the photo may not show the wing that the Quiet Room is actually in. ST 58448 73524. © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of Salmon Street Mission Room. Built circa 1860, the date of closure is uncertain, but maps show the building was still extant in 1951 (as a hall), but had been demolished by 1970, and the site is now occupied by a block of flats and part of Little Paul Street. ST 58427 73710. © Carole Sage (2016).
The former Sisters of Mercy Convent (1846) on Dighton Street. O.S. maps show it as a convent until at least 1951 - it has since been converted into flats. The convent chapel stood behind the building shown in the photo, but it is no longer extant. ST 58860 73689 (for the chapel). © Carole Sage (2016).

The derelict former Whitfield's (or Whitefield's) Tabernacle (U.R.C.). Another view. Both © Janet Gimber (2018). There's a useful Wikipedia entry for this church.

Knowle, Knowle West, Inns Court, and Upper and Lower Knowle

Lawrence Hill and Barton Hill including Russell Town and Moorfields
Barton Hill Congregational Church was built in 1882 at the junction of Day's Road and the now-vanished Bridge Street. The congregation dated from 1873, and the church was built with support from Pembroke Chapel in Clifton. It was closed in 1968, and the area subsequently much redeveloped; the site of the church now lies beside a commercial property. No photographs of the church have been located (so far). See also the entry for Charlton Street Gospel Hall (below). ST 60514 72892.
© Carole Sage (2017).
Barton Hill Settlement on Ducie Road is a community centre used by several church groups. For example New Birth Ministry were holding meetings at the time Carole took her photos, and Peacemakers Prayer Patrols and Bristol Multi-Faith Forum also use the building. There may be others. Another view. ST 60924 73183. Both © Carole Sage (2017).

Bristol Baha'i Centre occupies a former shop on Church Road, Lawrence Hill. The Baha'i faith has had a presence in Bristol since 1948. ST 60917 73351.
© Carole Sage (2017). Link.
Bristol City Mission once stood on Dean Lane in Moorfields; the road has since been re-named as Russell Town Avenue. Built circa 1902, replacing four terraced houses, map evidence shows that it subsequently re-built or enlarged. It still shows on the 1951 O.S. map, but by 1970 it had been demolished and replaced by light industrial premises, now used as a vocational training centre. The site of the church lies below right hand part of the building seen in Carole's photo. ST 60976 73507. © Carole Sage (2017).
Another Bristol City Mission Chapel stood on Barton Street in Barton Hill. Built circa 1850 to serve workers from a nearby factory, it was still active after WWII, but probably closed in the late 1960's when the factory was closed and the area subsequently redeveloped. Housing now stands on the site. ST 61099 72861. © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of Charlton Street Gospel Hall (Christian Brethren). When founded (1895) the congregation set up in a former Congregational Chapel which had been opened in 1873. The Congregationalists had left their church to move to the newly-built
Barton Hill Congregational Church (see above). The Gospel Hall was closed in 1971, and until very recently the site had been part of a car park, but housing has since been built there. ST 60601 73366. © Carole Sage (2017). An old photo is available here.
Christ Church - see the Lawrence Hill Church entry, below.
Covenant Church on Salisbury Street occupies what had originally been a Friends' Meeting House and Adult School. Dating to the early years of the last century, the Friends closed their Meeting Room in 1980. Carole suspects that other church groups may have also used the building. Two additional views - 1, 2. ST 60921 72782. All © Carole Sage (2017).
Factory Street Mission Hall was allegedly created by knocking together two buildings at the junction of Factory Street and Maze Street and was another Mission created to serve factory workers. It can be seen at the extreme left, here, in a Loxton drawing (the building at right, with bell cote was a school). Built some time after 1915, it was still open in the early 1950's. Like the Barton Street Mission (above) it may well have closed around the same time as the factory (late 1960's), and will have been demolished as part of the redevelopment of the area in the 1970's. The site is now a grassed area next to a block of flats. ST 60909 72898. © Carole Sage (2017).
Hebron Chapel (Primitive Methodist) used to stand on Barrow Lane (now Barrow Road) at the junction with Robert Street. The date-stone for 1868 from the chapel was incorporated into the industrial building that was built on the site, following the chapel's closure (1968) and subsequent demolition. The old wall in Carole's photo may be a survival from the chapel. ST 60549 73097. © Carole Sage (2017).
The former Lawrence Hill Church on Lincoln Street was successor to Russell Town Congregational Church (for which see below). It was built in 1968 on the site of Christ Church (Anglican, 1883). A photo (with history) of that building is available here, and another here (scroll down to "Lawrence Hill, Glass House Hotel, demolished 1969"). Lawrence Hill Church was latterly shared by Methodist and U.R.C. congregations, and closed around 2013/14. In 2015, Bristol Methodist Centre re-located here from Midland Road in Old Market (for which, see the Old Market section, below). ST 60786 73293
. © Carole Sage (2017). Link. Christ Church hall was used by a Brethren Mission from 1902-1914, at which time it was known as Ducie Road Mission Hall. Demolished at the same time as the church, the site now lies partly beneath the later church and some adjoining housing. ST 60796 73286. © Carole Sage (2017).
Between between 1874 and 1881, Morley Chapel (United Free Methodist) stood on Beaufort Road and Morley Street in Russell Town. It was in use until the 1950's, but was eventually demolished in connection with the redevelopment of the area in the 1960's. The site where the chapel stood in now beneath the access road for blocks of flats. ST 60953 73164. © Carole Sage (2017). A photo is available here (scroll down).

The site of Russell Town Congregational Church, at the junction of Church Road and Cobden Street. Opening in 1868, it was replaced about 100 years later by Lawrence Hill Church (see above) on Lincoln Street, and demolished in 1976. ST 60995 73336. © Carole Sage (2017). A photo is available here.
The eponymous church of St. Lawrence was founded in 1885, and damaged during WWII. It was repaired, only to be closed in 1954 and demolished in 1956. The site now lies beneath a cycle lane by Lawrence Hill. ST 60551 73436.
© Carole Sage (2017). It can be (just) seen in an old photo here.
A Mission Hall from St. Luke was built Avonvale Road and Great Western Lane in the early years (pre-WWI) of the last century. Still open in 1970, its date of closure is not at present known. Carole advises that the building is in a poor state of repair. Another view. ST 60999 72976. Both © Carole Sage (2017).
St. Luke stands on Church Street. Founded in 1843, the building was completed in 1850, and the short spire it once had was taken down in 1982. Another view (the abutting church hall is unfortunate, to say the least). ST 60909 72982. Both © Carole Sage (2017). There's a good history with photos here, and an old photo here. The church website wasn't working when I tried it. Grade II listed.
The former St. Matthew on Church Road and Cowper Street. Opening in 1873, it was closed in the late 1990's and converted into flats. The church founded two missions - St. Chad in Whitehall, and St. Saviour in Moorfields (see the next entry for the latter). ST 61221 73391. © Carole Sage (2017). More photos, including the interior, and a history, are available here.
St. Saviour was built at the junction of Chapter Street and Canon Street, as a Mission from St. Matthew (see above entry) soon after 1915. It was closed during, or soon after WWII, and was used as a Youth Club for some years after. Accidentally damaged during demolition of an adjacent property in the 1960's, the church had to be demolished too. A nursery now stands on the site.  ST 61045 73690. © Carole Sage (2018). A photo of the damaged building can be seen here.

Bristol's Salvation Army No. 7 Corps met at a building known as the Rag Shop (interior view) on Rich's Lane, Lawrence Hill, from 1883 - 1908.
From Rob Kinnon-Brettle's collection. It stood on the now-vanished Rich's Lane, a short street which linked Lawrence Hill with the also now-vanished Charlton Street. Much of the area was cleared in the redevelopments of the 1960's, and the site of the building now lies beneath an open space between blocks of flats. ST 60542 73375. © Carole Sage (2017).
Tawfiq Masjid and Centre (or Barton Hill Mosque) stands on Aiken Street and Great Western Lane. Carole says that it opened in the last few years, and seems to occupy a former industrial building. Another view. ST 60983 72868. Both © Carole Sage (2017). Link.
Trinity Tabernacle (Assemblies of God) used to meet in premises on Lawrence Hill from circa 1957. Closed in 1974, it was subsequently demolished to make way for a major road scheme. The site now lies beneath the road shown in Carole's photo. ST 60506 73442. © Carole Sage (2017).

House of Grace (Pentecostal, Assemblies of God) meet in The Cameron Centre on Cameron Walk. ST 61103 76981.
© Carole Sage (2016).
St. James' Christian Fellowship (commonly just St. James) on Romney Avenue. This was built in 1953 as a replacement church for the bomb-damaged St. James' Presbyterian Church on St. James' Parade in central Bristol.
In 1972 the congregation joined with that of another former Presbyterian church, Trinity United Reformed Church at Cranbrook Road in Redland, and the church in Lockleaze was sold to its present owners. The church works in partnership with Ebenezer Church at Filton Avenue in Horfield. ST 61139 76944. Another view. Both © Carole Sage (2016).
St. Mary Magdalene with St. Francis (CoE) on Gainsborough Square, on a site adjacent to where the old church had been, and was a conversion from what had been the parish hall. Another view. ST 60957 76899. The previous church of the same dedication was built in 1956, and demolished in 1997 because of structural problems. The site was redeveloped for housing. It was successor to St. Francis' Mission Church in Horfield. ST 60922 76920. All © Carole Sage (2016). Link1. Link2, which has photos of the old church..

Unity Chapel on Romney Avenue was originally an Open Brethren chapel, built circa 1960. ST 60396 76060.
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.

The site of Albany Street Baptist Chapel. The road has since been re-named as Shaftesbury Avenue. Built before the 1880's O.S. map was published, by 1901 it was Primitive Methodist. The 1971 O.S. map labels it as Albany Methodist Church, but it was subsequently closed and demolished. The adjacent Sunday School survives, and is now in use as a circus and theatre skills and rehearsal centre. ST 59577 74355. Both © Carole Sage (2016).
The site of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. First registered in 1955, it occupied the ground floor of a building called Mowbrick House on Cheltenham Road. It seems to have been closed in 1970, and the building was eventually demolished and the present school building erected on the site. ST 59050 74408.
A former Full Gospel Mission stands on Lower Cheltenham Place. Built in 1938, it was originally a Mission from the nearby Ivy Full Gospel Church in St. Werburgh's. It didn't survive long as a church after WW2, and was used for light industrial and commercial purposes, but it has recently been refurbished as flats. ST 59720 74515. © Carole Sage (2016).
The Hazrat Bilal Centre occupies a terraced house on Lower Cheltenham Place. Founded in 1967, it's days are probably numbered as a new and larger Hazrat Bilal Centre is nearing completion in St. Werbugh's. That it is the successor is at present just an assumption - so can you confirm this? Another view. ST 59655 74478. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Montpelier Mission Hall stood on York Road, and was founded circa 1880. The post-war O.S. map of 1951 labels it as Ruin, but whether this was as a result of enemy action or the ravages of time is not at present known. A site is now covered by a row of 1990's houses. ST 59309 74361.
© Carole Sage (2016).
The site of New Testament Church of God, on Upper Cheltenham Place. Founded in the mid-1960's, it was closed in 1979, and the site subsequently redeveloped for housing. The church re-located to the former St. Thomas the Apostle in Eastville (for which, see here). Neither Carole or I have been able to find an on-line photo of the building. ST 59361 74352.
© Carole Sage (2016).
The site of the demolished St. Andrew. Built on St. Andrew's Road in 1845, it was closed in 1961 when the congregation was merged with that of St. Bartholomew in St. Andrew's (for which, see St. Andrew's, above). It was demolished in 1969, and the site sold to the council, who created Montpelier Park. The only fabric which survives is the entrance and walls to the church grounds. A photo of the church is available here. ST 59233 74420. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Link, with interior photos.

Old Market, St. Jude's and Broad Plain
Al-Baseera Bristol Centre on Wade Street occupies a former pub. ST 59810 73514. © Carole Sage (2018). Link.
The site of Brick Street Mission Chapel (Congregational), which was built sometime between 1855 and 1874. It seems to have closed in the mid-20th century - the 1951 O.S. map has it marked as Club - and been demolished to make way for the area redevelopment in the 1970's. ST 59922 73400.
© Carole Sage (2017).
The former Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Chapel (1849) on Midland Road. Supposedly the first Primitive Methodist Chapel in Bristol, it closed in 1938. Between 1952 and 1985 it was in use as a Christadelphian Hall. Since then in secular use, Janet advises that demolition looks very likely. Another view. Both © Janet Gimber (2014). Link (redevelopment proposals).
Great George Street Church stands at the junction of Great George Street and New Street. It was built as Bristol City Mission in 1959, and seems to have been a replacement for an earlier mission on Great Ann Street and Pennell Street nearby. At least two other churches meet here - Lighthouse Chapel International and Agape Church. Another view. ST 59650 73384. Both
© Carole Sage (2017). Link.
The Guild Heritage Building on Braggs Lane was used as a church during WWII, possibly because a church had been put out of use by bombing. Another view. ST 59818 73295. Both © Carole Sage (2017). An old photo is available here, and a detailed history of the building here (scroll down).
The site of the demolished Highbury Mission, which operated in Broad Plain House. It stood at the junction of Broad Plain, and the now vanished John Street. Built before WWI, it seems to have closed in the early years of WWII. The name suggests that it may have been a mission from Highbury Chapel in Cotham (and for which see the entry for
Cotham Parish Church in Cotham, above). Where it stood is now a patch of land between the Temple Way Underpass and an office block at the junction of Broad Plain and Temple Way. ST 59582 72980. © Carole Sage (2017).
The former Methodist Central Hall on Old Market Street, built as a Methodist Mission in 1924. It was closed in 1982. The surviving facade was effectively a foyer, leading to a large meeting hall behind. Flats have now been built on the site. Another view. ST 59630 73171. An old photo is available here, and more including an interior here, and a history and more photos here. It looks to have been a grand building - it's a shame it's gone. The site was a large one, extending back as far as Redcross Street, and that part of the site fronting onto that street had been an earlier chapel, called Old Market Street Wesleyan Chapel (1817). The site of this chapel also has flats built on it. ST 59619 73228. All © Carole Sage (2017).
The former Methodist Centre on Midland Road. It was closed in the early 2010's, and the congregation relocated to Lawrence Hill church, for which see the Lawrence Hill section, above. © Janet Gimber (2014). Link.
A Mission Chapel once stood near the junction of Great Ann Street and Wade Street. A mission from St. Jude, it was built sometime around 1880, and either re-built or extended before WWI. It still shows as a Mission Hall on the 1951 O.S. map, but the area was redeveloped for housing in the 1960's and 1970's. The site is now a play area behind some flats. ST 59817 73442. © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of a demolished Mission Chapel which stood on John Street, near its junction with Narrow Plain and Broad Plain. It pre-dated a map of 1880, and was possibly the predecessor of the nearby Highbury Mission (see above). The site now lies beneath part of the carriageway of Temple Way. ST 59535 72984. © Carole Sage (2017).
The building called New Street Flats dates from the late 17th century. Various old maps call it a "Quaker Workhouse" in 1750, and "Friends' Almshouse" in the 19th century. By the time of the 1880's O.S. map, it is shown as a school, and the 1903 map as a Mission Hall. A directory of 1914 describes it as Friend' New Street Mission Hall. There is contradictory evidence for the date of closure, but by 1951 it had been converted into flats.
Two additional views - 1, 2. ST 59615 73382. All © Carole Sage (2017). Grade II listed.
The site of a Mission Hall which stood near the junction of Great Ann Street and Pennell Street. Opened in the early 1900's, it was closed in 1959, and succeeded by the Great George Street Mission (see above). It stood where the grassy area is in the photo. ST 59732 73356. © Carole Sage (2017). Carole has been unable to find any photos of the building, but Loxton made some drawings of the interior - 1, 2, 3.
It was clearly a sizeable building.
The site of St. Clement on Newfoundland Road and Houlton Street. Built in 1855, it fell victim to Hitler's bombers and was subsequently demolished. A dual-carriageway now covers the site.
ST 59664 73665. © Carole Sage (2016)
. Photos of the church are available here and here.
The former St. Jude the Apostle with St. Matthias-on-the-Weir on Braggs Lane, Old Market. Originally just St. Jude the Apostle, the current dedication was presumably the result of the closure of St. Matthias-on-the-Weir in the 1940's. Built in 1844, it was closed in 1982, and was allowed to deteriorate to a poor condition before being rescued and converted to flats in the mid-2000's. ST 59806 73321. © Janet Gimber (2014). Two additional views - 1, 2, the latter also showing the former Sunday school, and two examples of gargoyles - 1, 2, all © Carole Sage (2017). Grade II listed.
St. Matthias-on-the-Weir - see the main section, above.
The Society of Friends’ Central Meeting Hall on River Street opened in 1962, and was successor to Bristol’s earliest Quaker Meeting House at Quakers Friars, which closed in the 1950s. ST 59632 73404. © Carole Sage (2017). Link.
The former Trinity Hospital Almshouses Chapel stands at the junction of Old Market Street and Jacob Street, now converted to residential use. Founded in the late C14, the present building effectively dates from Victoria's reign. Another view. ST 59772 73185. Both © Janet Gimber (2014). Another view, © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of Unity Chapel (Brethren, 1862) which stood on the corner of what was then Whipping Cat Hill (now Midland Road) and Unity Street. It was closed in the 1950's, and was subsequently in commercial use until at least the 1990's. Since demolished, the site is now part of a store's car park. ST 59848 73097.
© Carole Sage (2017). A photo is available here.

Redcliffe (including Temple).


St. Andrews
The former David Thomas Memorial Church on Belmont Road, now "David Thomas House" (flats). It was founded in 1878 as Congregational, and was closed in 1981, by which time it was U.R.C. ST 59108 74885. Thanks to Phil Draper for the identification this link. © Andrew Ross. Another view of this uncooperative church, and two stone-carved animal heads - 1, 2, all
© Carole Sage (2018). Link (scroll down). Much of the church was demolished to make way for the flats, only the spire and facade were retained, and a good photo of these is available here. Taken just before demolition, this photo shows flying buttresses and rose windows, © Neil Floyd (1986), who says he has never seen another photo from this viewpoint.
St. Bartholomew (1894) on Maurice Road and Sommerville Road has a startlingly truncated appearance - the intended spire was never built. It's in partnership with St. Michael and All Angels (for which see Bishopston, above). Another view. ST 59478 75033. Both
© Carole Sage (2016). Link1. Link2.
Sakya Buddhist Centre on Sommerville Road commenced in a former residential property in 1977, the first Buddhist centre in the city. ST 59525 75058.
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Zetland Evangelical Church (1957) on North Road was successor to Stokes Croft Chapel (Christian Brethren). Known as Zetland Hall when first opened, it was re-named following the building of an extension in 1963. ST 58948 74703.
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.

St. George, Redfield and Whitehall

St. Paul's, including St. Agnes

St. Philip's, St. Philip's Marsh and The Dings

St. Werburgh's
The site of the demolished Brookland Methodist Church on Conduit Place. Built in 1888 as an Independent Wesleyan Methodist Church, it joined the United Methodist Church in 1914, and was closed in 1971. Subsequently demolished for works in association with the construction of M32 access roads, the land was later released, and Brookland Hall (a community mental health facility) built on the site. See also Parkway Methodist Church (below). ST 60147 74341.
© Carole Sage (2016). A photo of the interior is available here. The church football team in 1909/10, a family photograph from Carole Sage's Collection..
From 1958-1967 the ground floor of 12 Ashley Hill (now called Milverton House) was used as the Catholic Church of the Three Magi. The building has since been converted into flats. Another view. ST 59832 74704.
Both © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.
The site of a Gospel Mission Hall on Durham Road. Built before 1881, a 1914 directory notes it as an un-denominational Gospel Mission Hall. The 1951 O.S. map has it just as Hall, and by the time of the 1970 O.S. map it had been demolished, and flats were later built on the site. ST 60081 74663.
© Carole Sage (2016).
Hazrat Bilal Centre (still under construction in 2016) on Sevier Street. Building work commenced in 2015, and is due to be completed in 2017, though parts of it are already in use for prayer meetings. It may be connected with the Hazrat Bilal Centre on Lower Cheltenham Place in Montpelier. ST 59966 74608. © Carole Sage (2016)
. Link.
Ivy Pentecostal Church on Ashley Hill. The church itself was founded in 1938 a
s Ivy Full Gospel Church (Assemblies of God) in Montpelier (see above), but it occupies a building which was built in 1791 as the chapel of Blue Maids Orphanage at Hook’s Mills on Ashley Hill (also known as the Asylum for Poor Orphan Girls). It's the only part of the orphanage (which closed between the wars) to have survived. Another view. ST 59857 74579. Both © Carole Sage (2016). A Loxton drawing of the orphanage - the chapel was to the right of the main building, and is seen in context here, by a different artist. As can be seen, the spire has been much altered, or perhaps re-built, at some point. Link.
The site of a Mission Room on Mina Road. Mentioned in a 1902 directory, it was later taken over as the church hall for St. Werburgh, the parishioners having been unable to raise sufficient funds to have a purpose-built hall. It seems to have been demolished in the 1970's. The site is now occupied by a block of flats. ST 60085 74809. © Carole Sage (2016).
Parkway Methodist Church (1971)
on Conduit Place was built to replace three churches demolished to make way for new roads connected with the M32 - Brookland Church, Salem Chapel and Wesley Chapel. Another view. ST 60100 74384. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
The site of a Primitive Methodist Mission Room on Mina Road and Treefield Road (since renamed as Mercia Drive). Founded in 1881, it had become a Unionist Club before WW1, and in recent years, the area has been redeveloped as housing. ST 60104 74750.
© Carole Sage (2016).
St. Werburgh, re-located stone by stone from Corn Street in central Bristol (for which see St. Werburgh, in the main section at the top of the page). Closed in 1988, it's now in use as a climbing centre. Another view. ST 60069 74916.
Both © Carole Sage (2016). News item about the final service. A rotatable and walk-through view.
The ground floor of what is now a house on St. Werburghs Park was originally a Methodist Church, and latterly a Salvation Army hall.
© Rob Kinnon-Brettle.
e Seymour Christian Spiritualist Temple occupied a house on Sussex Place. Carole has found documentary evidence that they were active at least from 1939 until 1950, but nothing that gives founding and closing dates. It is now in residential use. ST 59847 74402. © Carole Sage (2016).
The Potter's House Christian Centre on Sussex Place. How long the congregation had been here is not at present known, although Carole knows that they were here from at least 2008. Although the signage is still in place, the congregation moved from these premises in 2013 to an industrial unit on Wilson Street in St. Paul's (for which, see St. Paul's). ST 59844 74351.
© Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.

Sea Mills
Highgrove Church, on High Grove. ST 54839 77013. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
St. Edyth on Avonleaze. Two additional views - 1, 2. ST 54931 76446. All © Carole Sage (2016). Link.

Sea Mills Methodist Church, on Shirehampton Road, Sea Mills. ST 55129 76839. © Carole Sage (1999). Link.

Sneyd Park & Stoke Bishop
Christ Church (Congregational, 1877) on Julian Road, Sneyd Park was demolished in 1961. ST 56908 75714. From Neil Floyd's Collection. A block of flats now stands on the site. Two views of the site - 1, 2, the first taken from about the same position as Neil's photo. Both © Carole Sage (2017). Link. A Loxton drawing.
The private Monica Wills Chapel stands within the grounds of Wills
Hall, one of Bristol University’s Halls of Residence. Built circa 1930, it was given to Bristol University as a place of worship for students. ST 56908 75714. © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of Nazareth House Orphanage for Boys, which stood in extensive grounds in Sneyd Park, and it had its own chapel. The photo shows some remaining walls from the building. The home, which was opened in 1929 in the pre-existing Sneyd Park House, was ran by the Poor Sisters of Nazareth. It closed in 1970. There was a terrible fire there, also in 1970, although whether the fire caused the closure, or came after it, is not at present known. ST 55389 75668. © Carole Sage (2017). This old photo shows Sneyd Park House, and probably pre-dates the orphanage.

St. Mary Magdalene on Mariner's Drive. ST 5596 7551. © Graeme Harvey (2010). Another view, © Carole Sage (2016). Link. Loxton's drawings are available here and here. Grade II listed.
The Chapel of Trinity College. The Chapel is strictly private. Established as Clifton College in the mid-17th century Stoke House (grade II* listed), between the wars, it was re-named as Trinity College in 1971 when it merged with Dalton House with St. Michael, and Tyndale Hall. The chapel itself was built to include the remaining parts of an 18th century orangery (grade II listed). ST 56355 75534. © Trinity College. Link.


The former Gospel Hall (Christian Brethren) on Merrywood Road (founded 1889). Another view. It has been converted into flats. ST 58226 71616. Both © Carole Sage (2016).
Holy Cross (R.C., 1922) on Dean Lane, successor to Holy Cross in Redcliffe, for which see here. Another view. ST 58406 71757. Both © Carole Sage (2016). An old photo of the rear of the church (with presbytery to its left) is available here. The presbytery has since been replaced by a modern house.
The former Methodist Church on Stackpool Road was originally United Free. Another view. The original building (the first photo) is of the 1890's, and the second shows the later 1930's building. Carole advises that there is a lot of local disquiet at the closing of this church in 2015, and notes that the graffiti is only on the shuttering, not the fabric of the building. Apparently the Methodist Church plans to sell. ST 58049 71783. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Added in 2019 - the church having been sold, Mar Thoma Church are now the occupants (link). They had previously met at St. Anne's in Greenbank, and for which see the Easton page.
The former St. David's Mission Church, on Beauley Road and Park Road, was a mission from St. Paul (see next entry), and has been converted to flats. Another view. ST 57851 72000. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Link, which says it was no longer used as a church from before WWII, but was a church hall for many years subsequent to closure.
St. Paul
, on Coronation Road, destroyed in WWII. ST 58494 71966. © Andrew Ross. Link.
The former St. Paul's Mission Room (1881) on Dean Lane is now used as a bar. ST 58401 71817. © Carole Sage (2016).
The former Salvation Army Mission House on Greville Road (1890's), now in residential use. © Rob Kinnon-Brettle (1997).

Speedwell, Crofts End and Two Mile Hill
Bourne Christian Centre on Two Mile Hill Road and Waters R
oad. The date-stone in the gable end is for 18?3. This is for 1873, as mentioned here (it also has some interior photos). It was built as Bourne Primitive Methodist Chapel, replacing an earlier Bourne Chapel on the same site, which was from 1841. Closed in 1980, it was subsequently in secular use, but in 1995 it became a place of worship once more when the upper floor became Bourne Community Church, later re-named to what it is today. ST 64284 73907. Both © Carole Sage (2018). Link.
Crofts End Church developed from an earlier Mission Church. The foundation stone for 1895 is somewhat misleading, as it refers to the foundation of the congregation, and not the date of the building, which maps imply is post-WWI. In its early days it was known both as Crofts End Mission and the Miners' Mission, from its association with a nearby colliery. The 1949 O.S. map shows a second separate Mission Hall on an adjoining site - perhaps a Sunday School. This was subsequently re-developed as the Crofts End Church, but it was demolished recently (2016/2017) and a new church is being built on the same site. This is the one shown in Carole's photo. The original Mission Church survives. ST 62452 74365. All © Carole Sage (2018). Link. The website also includes a photo of the demolished church here.
Evangel Mission Hall (Independent) on King Street was founded in 1881. ST 63802 73899. © Carole Sage (2018). Link.
Kingswood Methodist Church on Two Mile Hill Road and Grantham Road. It was built as Zion Chapel (United Free Methodist) in 1854. Another view. ST 64443 73967. Both © Carole Sage (2018). Link1. Link2 (scroll down to Zion).
A Primitive Methodist Chapel used to stand at what is now the junction of Speedwell Road and Whiteway Road. It seems to have been built between 1881 and 1903,
closed in the 1930's, and demolished by 1949, to be replaced by Speedwell Methodist Church (see below). The site now lies beneath the road in front of the house. ST 63622 74337. © Carol
e Sage (2018).  
The former Primitive Methodist Chapel on Two Mile Road was acquired by the Salvation Army in 1879, and has been in their continued possession ever sinc
e. The left-hand building of the two is the original P.M. Chapel of 1841. The right-hand building is dated 1879, so presumably was added by the Army after they bought the chapel. An O.S. map of the 1880's marks the older building as Sunday School, and the newer one as Gospel Hall. ST 64115 73868. © Rob Kinnon-Brettle. Another view, © Carole Sage (2018). Link.
St. Michael the Archange
l (1848) on Two Mile Hill Road. Two additional views - 1, 2, and the cockerel weather-vane. ST 63894 73788. All © Carole Sage (2018). Link. A Loxton drawing. This link includes some photos of the interior. Grade II listed. The Church Hall was for a time used as the home for Lighthouse Church, before they moved to St. George Baptist Church (for which see the St. George page). ST 63876 73739. © Carole Sage (2018).
Speedwell Chapel (Christian Brethren Gospel Hall) on Speedwell Road dates from the mid-1960's. ST 62653 74329.
© Carole Sage (2018).
Speedwell Methodist Church on Speedwell Road opened in the 1930's, replacing the Primitive Methodist Chapel listed above
. Carole advises that an O.S. map of 1951 shows part of the site labelled as "Ruin", and she speculates that the building may have been bombed in WWII. ST 63700 74315. © Carole Sage (2018).

Spike Island
The demolished Bristol Gaol on Cumberland Road had a chapel, though no images seem to survive showing it. The gaol, built as a replacement for Newgate Gaol in the early years of the 19th century, was of the Panopticon design, and only lasted until 1883, when it was sold to G.W.R., who demolished all of it except for the outer walls and gatehouse. Most of the site today is in use as a car park, but part of it is currently being redeveloped for flats. An information board shows an old engraving of the gaol as it was in 1821. ST 58505 72128.
Both © Carole Sage (2016).
The House of Charity was a boys' orphanage on Cumberland Road, on a site adjoining St. Raphael's Church. It had its own chapel, and it, and the orphanage building, can be seen here in an illustration of 1879. It had a relatively short life, as a map of 1915 labels the former orphanage as "Mill". A 1951 map shows it as "Ruin", and it seems likely that the former orphanage was severely damaged or destroyed in the same bombing raid that affected St. Raphael. A warehouse was built on the site, but that too has now gone, making way for the flats seen in Carole's photo. ST 58340 72148. ©
Carole Sage (2018).
The only remaining fragment of St. Raphael (1859). This was Bristol's main Seaman's Church, and was connected to a row of six almshouses for elderly seamen. Damaged by WWII bombing, it was eventually demolished in 1954. Another view, also showing the flats built on the site of the church. Loxton made a drawing, and the remaining fragment of the church seems to be an archway (seen end-on) connecting the church and almshouses, immediately to the left of the aisle seen at the right hand side of the church. A photo of the almshouses is available here. Some photos of the furnishings of the church are available here. ST 58295 72138. Both
© Carole Sage (2016), who advises that the pulpit and font from St. Raphael were saved, and are now in St. Andrew's in Avonmouth, for which see the Bristol (county) page.

Stapleton (including Broomhill)
The site of Beechcroft Methodist Church on Alberton Road. Relatively short-lived (1950-circa 1973), the site has been redeveloped for housing. ST 62665 76899. © Carole Sage (2017).
The site of the chapel of Colston's School. It would have been visible near the centre of photo. The main building of the school, Stapleton House, was used as the Bishop's Palace from 1840 to 1856. It had a private chapel which became the school chapel when the school took over in about 1860. The chapel was re-built in 1933, but it's not known at present whether that was on the same site, and whether it, or any subsequent chapel survives. The grid reference - ST 61543 75899 - refers to the old chapel. © Carole Sage (2017).
Holy Trinity Church on Bell Hill. It was built in 1856/7 on the site of earlier churches, the earliest of which was dedicated as St. Giles. See also St. Mary the Virgin in Fishponds. ST 61566 75981. © Paul. E. Barnett (2014). Four additional views - 1, 2, 3, 4, two of the interior - 1, 2, the chancel, altar, the impressive stone pulpit, the font, a nicely carved bench end, and two windows - 1, 2. All © Carole Sage (2017). Link. Grade II* listed.
The site of St. Giles Mission Church, which was built in the late 1940's on what was then Curlew Close. It closed circa 1981, and the area was redeveloped for housing and a park. The church itself stood across the corner of the bowling green. ST 62879 77013. © Carole Sage (2017).
Stapleton Baptist Church (1885) on Broom Hill. ST 62141 76590. © Carole Sage (2017). Link1. Link2.
The former Stapleton Methodist Church (1886) on River View, which closed circa 2010. Although it looks as if it's a conversion from a cottage, it was built as a Methodist Chapel. ST 62211 76493. © Carole Sage (2017). Link (scroll down), with interior photo.
Waterbrook Church meets at Begbrook School on Begbrook Drive. ST 62824 76651. © Carole Sage (2017). Link.

Church of Christ the Servant (1971) on Stockwood Road. Another view. ST 62050 68088. Both
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Stockwood Free Church (Baptist) on Ladman Road. Another view. ST 62437 68361.
Both © Carole Sage (2016). Link.

Stokes Croft
Bristol Elim Church and Conference Centre on Jamaica Street. Built in the 1970's, it replaced an only slightly earlier building (City Temple) on the same site. See also the Institute for the Deaf in Kingsdown (above). Another view. ST 59008 73853.
Both © Carole Sage (2016).
An old cinema building was taken over as a Christadelphian Hall in 1955. They moved out in 1998, and the building has since had a variety of uses, but it has been empty since 2011. Its present state is a shame, as it was a rather handsome building, as can be seen here in 2002 when it was in use as a bar. ST 59088 74131. © Carole Sage (2016).
City Road Baptist Church (1861), on City Road was built as a replacement for the Pithay Baptist Chapel in central Bristol, for which see the main section at the top of this page. ST 59129 73842. © Gerard Charmley (2011). Two additional views - 1, 2, both © Carole Sage (2016). Link1. Link2 (scroll down).
The site of the vanished First Church of Christ, Scientist, which occupied a former Baptist College on Stokes Croft from circa 1916 until not long before demolition in 1972. The church (a photo of which is available here) occupied about a third of the area of the office block which replaced it. ST 59142 73934. © Carole Sage (2016).
The former Stokes Croft Chapel (Christian Brethren, 1879) on Stokes Croft. It was a conversion of a pre-existing (roller) skating rink. Badly damaged by bombing in WW2, it went out of use in 1958 when the congregation moved to Zetland Hall - for which see Zetland Evangelical Church in St. Andrew's, above. Another view showing the car park to the rear of the property, where the main body of the church used to be. The building is currently not in use. ST 59130 73888. Both
© Carole Sage (2016).
The Redeemed Christian Church of God on Stokes Croft is a former commercial property. ST 59026 73775. © Carole Sage (2016).

Temple - see Redcliffe (including Temple).

Bristol Jamia Mosque on Green Street and Pylle Hill Crescent. This was previously St. Katherine's Mission Church (1889-1962). The disused church was bought in 1968, and converted into Bristol's first mosque. Another view. ST 59676 71624. Both © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
The site of a terraced house wherein a Mission Church, and Chapel of the Holy Redeemer, met in 149 Bath Road. The buildings were demolished in the 1970's for a road-widening scheme. ST 60206 71680. © Carole Sage (2016).
The former Holiness Mission Hall on Summer Hill was built in the 1920's, and later became a Church of the Nazarene. Still in use until the 1990's, it has since been converted into flats. ST 60230 71633. © Carole Sage (2016).
A former Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses used one of the houses in this terrace on William Street from 1953-6. ST 59717 71742. © Carole Sage (2016).
The site of the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Anjers (now Angers) Street. Built before or about the 1880's, it was demolished by 1952 and the site redeveloped as a a garage. This too was demolished in the 1970's to allow for a road scheme which never happened. Housing was built instead, though the site of the chapel was left as part of a landscaped area. ST 60061 71688. © Carole Sage (2016).
Former Salvation Army Hall at Stanley Hill. © Rob Kinnon-Brettle.
Totterdown Methodist Church (1875) at Bushy Park. ST 59905 71499. © Andrew Ross. Another view, © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Totterdown Gospel Hall on Bellevue Road. ST 59811 71839. © Andrew Ross. Another view, © Carole Sage (2016), who advises that it was built by the United Bethesda Church in 1880. In more recent years it has been used by a Christian Asian congregation, but the chapel closed in 2011, and has since been converted for residential use.
The site of the demolished United Methodist Free Church on Oxford Street. Built in 1875, it fell victim to the same road scheme as the Primitive Methodist Chapel (above). A photo of the chapel can be seen here, listed as Oxford Street, Totterdown. ST 59879 71617. © Carole Sage (2016).
The site of Wycliffe Congregational Chapel, which stood on Windsor Terrace and St. Luke's Crescent. It was built in the late Victorian period, and was demolished in the 1970's. Housing now stands on the site. ST 59620 71577. © Carole Sage (2016).

Tyndall's Park
The chapel of the demolished Blind Asylum stood on Queens Road. The site is now covered by Wills Memorial Building of Bristol University. Built in 1838, the Blind Asylum moved here from premises on Lower Maudin Street in central Bristol, and was demolished from 1915. The chapel was also a chapel of ease to St. Michael the Archangel (see below). A closer view of the site. ST 58100 73185. © Carole Sage (2016). This old photo shows  part of the chapel. Two drawings by Loxton, showing the demolition in progress - 1, 2.
Bristol Hebrew Congregation Synagogue (1869-71) on Park Row is also commonly known as Park Row Synagogue. It stands on the site of a convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Some of the fittings were transferred from the Weavers' Hall Synagogue in Redcliffe (for which see the entry beginning "The site of a synagogue" on the Redcliffe page. ST 58407 73150. © Andrew Ross. Another view, which Carole explains, serves to illustrate the size of the building; the building to the right of the entrance is a block of flats, and the synagogue is "L"-shaped, and wider than the combined width of the entrance plus flats. © Carole Sage (2017). Link. Loxton made two drawings - 1, 2, the latter of the interior, as is this photo. Grade II listed.
According to this website, a room or rooms in what is now the Bristol Lodge of the Theosophical Society on Tyndall's Park Road was used as Christ Chapel. No denomination is given, and it closed in or before 1995, when the Theosophists moved in. ST 57968 73644. © Carole Sage (2017).
Bristol University Multi-faith Chaplaincy occupies the ground floor of The Grange, No. 1 Woodland Road. ST 58081 73804. © Carole Sage (2016).  
The former Children’s Hospital on St. Michael’s Hill used to have its own chapel and chaplaincy service. Founded in 1866, only part of the hospital buildings survive, and whether the chapel survives is not at present known. The site has been acquired by Bristol University. ST 58378 73494. © Carole Sage (2017). An old engraving of the hospital is available here.
Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God (Eastern Orthodox), on University Road was originally a late-Victorian Catholic Apostolic Church. It has been in Orthodox use since it was leased in 1967. ST 57992 73256. © Graeme Harvey. Another view, © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
St. Michael the Archangel on the Mount Without (1777) on St. Michael's Hill is now derelict. It was declared redundant in 1999, and has suffered the attentions of vandals since then. ST 58519 73301. © Andrew Ross. Two additional views - 1, 2, both © Carole Sage (2016), who advises that just days after taking the photos, the church was very badly damaged in an arson attack - news item. Interior view, six months after the fire,
© Janet Gimber (2018). Link. A Loxton drawing of the churchyard. Grade II* listed.
Woodlands Church (also referred to as Woodlands Christian Centre) on Belgrave Road and Woodland Road is the former St. Mary the Virgin. It was built in the 1870's and closed in the 1970's, when the Church of England acquired the redundant Highbury Congregational Church on Cotham Road, and re-opened it as St. Saviour and St. Mary (see Cotham Parish Church, above). St. Saviour on Cotham Road in Redland was closed at the same time (there is an entry for this church in Redland, above). After closure, St. Mary was used for a time by the BBC for storage, but was subsequently acquired by an Evangelical Church, who divided the building, the upper parts being converted for supported housing, and the ground floor being used as Woodlands Church and Church Centre. ST 58013 73817
. © Carole Sage (2016). Link. A Loxton drawing.


Westbury Park
Cairns Road Baptist Church was originally known as Old King Street Baptist Church, and was built as a replacement for the Old King Street Baptist Chapel in central Bristol (and for which see the "Baptist Chapel" entry in the main Bristol section above). Another view. ST 58153 75891. Both
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Etloe Evangelical Church on Cossins Road. Before the church moved in in the 1970's, the building is marked as Hall on O.S. maps. Another view. ST 57780 75394. It was successor to Etloe Evangelical Church on Etloe Road, at ST 57542 75580, which is now in use as a day nursery. This building too is marked on older maps as Hall, and on a late 19th century map it is marked as St. Alban's Hall, implying a link with the nearby St. Alban's church. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Freehold Church met in a Hall on Cairns Road, but details about it are thin on the ground. It had closed by 2012, and the building is now in use as a dance school. Another view. ST 58115 75819.
Both © Carole Sage (2016).
The site of a Plymouth Brethren Meeting Room, on Devonshire Road. Dates have proved impossible to establish, except to say that the site was cleared June 2014, when Google Streetview passed by. Housing is still in the process of being built here. ST 57620 75779. © Carole Sage (2016).
St. Alban the Martyr on Coldharbour Road (1909). The church is in an ecumenical partnership with Westbury Park Methodist Church (see below). ST 57676 75410. Originally founded in 1891 as a mission church (a tin tabernacle) from the parish church (Holy Trinity) at Westbury-on-Trym (for which, see the Westbury-on-Trym section, above). This was replaced the following year by the building which now serves as the church hall. Two additional views - 1, 2. ST 57676 75410. All © Carole Sage (2016). Link. Grade II listed. A good history here, including many photos. Two Loxton drawing of the second church - 1, 2.
Westbury Park Methodist Church on Berkeley Road and Etloe Road  dates from the 1890's. The 1903 O.S. map shows it as Trinity Chapel (Wes. Meth.). It's supposed to have been successor to a tin tabernacle on Berkeley Road, but firm evidence for this is not so far available. The church is in an ecumenical partnership with St. Alban's (see above). Two further views - 1, 2. ST 57431 75740. The Church Hall stands on North View. All © Carole Sage (2016). Link. A Loxton drawing.

Westbury Park Spiritualist Church on Cairns Road. Dating from the 1950's, it was successor to a shop on Kellaway Avenue which the congregation of the Redland National Spiritualist Church used for meetings from 1947 to 1955. ST 58126 75920.
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.

Catholic Church of St. Bernadette (R.C., 1968) on Wells Road. Two additional views - 1, 2. ST 61131 68539.
All © Carole Sage (2016).
Celestial Church of Christ (Evangelical) meet in a house on
Witch Hazel Road. The church was founded in 2003. ST 59217 67339. © Carole Sage (2017). Link.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (founded 1966) on Wells Road. ST 61106 68645.
© Carole Sage (2016).
Counterslip Baptist Church (1957) on Wells Road was built as a replacement for an earlier church of the same name on Victoria Street in central Bristol, which had been badly damaged in the war. Another view. ST 61169 68814.
Both © Carole Sage (2016).
St. Augustine on Whitchurch Lane and East Dundry Road. This is the second St. Augustine. The first was built in 1971-2 and was a shared Anglican/Methodist church. It had structural problems, and was closed in 2007 and demolished in 2014. Another view. The site of the first church (ST 60338 67701) - the new church can be seen at the extreme left. Services were held in the nearby Bridge Farm Primary School until the new church and community centre was opened in late 2015. It was built on an adjacent piece of land to that of the old church. Some photos of the old church are available here - although none show the tower which it once had, and had had to be removed for safety reasons. ST 60383 67690. © Carole Sage (2016 and 2017). Link.

Windmill Hill
The former Baptist Chapel on St. John's Lane and Maidstone Street has been converted into flats. How much of the original fabric has been retained is uncertain. ST 59591 71232.
© Carole Sage (2016).
The site of Bethel Congregational Chapel on Windmill Hill Road (now known just as Windmill Hill). Built in 1855, its closure date is uncertain, though it seems (from map evidence) to have closed sometime in the 1930's, 1940's or 1950's. It was being used as a builder's yard in the 1970's, and was demolished probably in the 1980's when the area was redeveloped for housing. The site now forms part of a cul-de-sac. ST 58871 71257. © Carole Sage (2016).
Brendon Hall was licensed for worship in 1939 as a Plymouth Brethren Mission Hall. Not identified as such on any map Carole has access to, this building is the only one on Brendon road which is obviously not one of the terraced houses.
Assuming this was Brendon Hall, its grid reference is ST 58852 71004. Current use is uncertain, as are the affiliations of the church. Additional information would be welcome! © Carole Sage (2016).
The former Christian Brethren Meeting Room (the 2 flat-fronted houses) on Fraser Street. Built in the 1870's or thereabouts, it seems from map evidence to have still been active into the 1970's. ST 58852 71391. © Carole Sage (2016).

Church of Christ (Independent) on St. John's Lane was originally St. John's Independent Methodist Chapel (1903). ST 58786 70961.
© Carole Sage (2016).
The former Methodist Chapel on Vivian Street and Algiers Street has been converted into flats. ST 58931 71329. © Carole Sage (2016).
The former St. Michael-the Less Mission Room on Hill Avenue and Marmaduke Street looks as if it won't be standing for much longer. Another view. It was a mission from St. Michael (see below). ST 59576 71476. Both
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.
St. Michael and All Angels on Vivian Street. Another view. ST 58983 71396. Both
© Carole Sage (2016). An old postcard shows the previous church (1886), which was seriously damaged in a fire in 1926. The present church was built the following year. The postcard can be dated as prior to 1901, as a nave and aisles were added in that year. From Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
The former St. Michael's Mission on Vivian Street later became Vivian Street Chapel (Wesleyan), and is now Windmill Hill Community Centre. ST 58988 71353. © Carole Sage (2016).

St. Pius X (R.C., 1987) on Gatheouse Avenue is successor to another church of the same name in Hartcliffe, for which, see above. ST 57045 68080.
© Carole Sage (2016). Link.
Withywood Church at the Withywood Centre on Queen’s Road opened in 2007, serving combined Anglican and Methodist congregations. The church and community centre are owned and managed by South Bristol Church and Community Trust. ST 56835 67824. © Carole Sage (2016). Link.
The site of the demolished Withywood Methodist Church (1958) on Four Acres. A partnership was formed with the local Anglican community in 1975 to share the church. Eventually a new church and community centre was built (see above entry), and the Methodist church was subsequently demolished. Housing has since been built on the site. ST 56445 67996. © Carole Sage (2016).





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