Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Catholic Church of St Mary on the Quay, Bristol
Catholic Church of St Mary on the Quay (link to Church's website)
Colston Avenue, BS1 5AE,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does NOT have a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1843, and we understand it is still open.

"St Mary's Catholic Chapel, situated on St Augustine's-back, is a handsome building in the Grecian style of architecture. It was opened in 1843, and accommodates about 700 persons." [Extract from Webster & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of the City of Bristol, and County of Glamorgan, 1865]

Described by Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986), as "on the west side of the Quay", it was built for a Catholic Apostolic (Irvingite) congregation, to designs by R.S. (Richard Shackleton) Pope, but financial difficulties amongst the promoters forced the sale of the building before completion to the Roman Catholics. The front has a central portico of six Corinthian columns supporting a band of stonework with the inscription "Vivat Christvs Rex", above which is a pediment, with a cross at the apex. The interior has "an elaborately detailed sanctuary at the west end, with four columns of the same order flanking the chancel". There are north and south transepts, and a nave of five bays with east gallery.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) notes that the Irvingites had purchased the Corinthian screen from the Anglican Cathedral, following its restoration in 1840. It is not known whether this remained in the building, after the Irvingites sold it. At the time it was built, it was - literally - on the west bank of the River Frome. The latter, ever prone to flooding, was culverted in 1893.


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference ST5860273052. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 15 Jun 2013 at 07:41.

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