Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Monica Wills Chapel (Private), Stoke Bishop
Monica Wills Chapel (Private),
Wills Hall, Parry's Lane, BS9 1AE,
Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1930, and we understand it is still open.

The British Listed Buildings website records the Monica Wills Chapel as built around 1930 to a design by Sir George Oatley. It has an apsidal nave, north east vestry, and south chapel - "semicircular full-height apse with 2 buttresses capped by scrolled brackets ... 4-bay north elevation articulated at the east end, with two 10-light clerestory wheel windows above semicircular headed 2-light nave windows [and] similar south side".

It is situated in the grounds of Wills Hall - one of Bristol University's Halls of Residence, which was built on the site of Downside House. The Chapel was given to the University in 1930 "as a place of Christian Worship for all students, especially those in the Stoke Bishop Halls of Residence". For more details, see Wills Hall, on the University of Bristol website.

Note: The above website records Chapel being named for "Dame Monica Violet Wills". St Monica's Care Home, in Cote Lane, was founded by Dame Mary Monica Cunliffe Wills, who died in Bristol in 1931 at the age of 70. I have found no trace of the name "Violet" in association with her, or with any other member of the this Wills family, so the reference is somewhat of an enigma.


Now or formerly College Chapel.

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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference ST5690675717. 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 7 Feb 2014 at 10:45.

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This Report was created 14 Jul 2018 - 16:55:03 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 29 Mar 2018 at 10:29.

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