Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne, Bristol
Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne,
Colston Street / Christmas Steps,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

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 after 1483, and we understand it is still open.

The Chapel is on the south east corner of Colston Street and Christmas Steps, in the grounds of Foster's Almshouses, founded by John Foster, in 1483. There is a plaque at the entrance which reads:

John Foster / Mayor of Bristol
Founded this Almshouse in 1483
and later the adjoining Chapel of
The Three Kings of Cologne
Dr George Owen, Physician to
King Henry VIII added to
the Endowment in 1555

It has been suggested that Foster dedicated the Chapel to the Three Kings of Cologne, after his visits to Cologne in Germany, which has a Chapel dedicated to the Three Kings.

It is a single-celled building with a large east window, and western bell turret. There are statues of the three kings in niches in the wall beneath it, but these are modern replacements, by Ernest Pascoe.

The Almshouses were restored in 1861-1880 by architects Foster and Wood. The British Listed Buildings website describes their building as "a finely detailed composition accounting well for the lower Christmas Street elevation, and modelled on the Hotel Dieu, Beaune". The Chapel was restored in the 1960s.

The Bristol Town Plan of 1884 shows the site of a Benedictine Priory, dedicated to St Bartholomew, to the north of the Almshouses (on the other side of Christmas Steps). [Other Source: About Bristol website]

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

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

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference ST5858673184. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • 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 19 Jun 2013 at 10:41.

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This Report was created 24 Oct 2017 - 06:52:30 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 30 Aug 2017 at 16:10.

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