Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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City Road Baptist Church, Stokes Croft, Bristol
City Road Baptist Church,
City Road,
Stokes Croft, 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 1861, and we understand it is still open.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), reports that in the autumn of 1859, "a large tract of ground lying between Stokes Croft and Grosvenor Place, which up to this time had been let in garden allotments", was laid out for building sites, and the principal street, City Road, commenced soon afterwards. "A chapel at the western end of this thoroughfare was built by the Baptist congregation previously worshipping in the Pithay, at an outlay of £4,800. It was opened in September, 1861, by the Rev. C.H. Spurgeon, of London, then the most popular of dissenting ministers".

The impetus for a new chapel was provided by the Rev. Evan Probert, who breathed new life into the Pithay congregation when he arrived there in 1834. A short biography, on the Baptist History Homepage website describes his efforts to promote a new building, towards which "Mr. Probert, by his individual efforts, collected over £2,000", and when "the commodious chapel in City Road was opened September 11th, 1861... in it Mr. Probert laboured till his departure to his rest". The article was written in 1867 for The Baptist Magazine - he died on 1st March that year.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 26th May 1863 (p.2750) records its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named City-road Baptist Chapel, situate at City-road, Stokes Croft, in the parish of Saint Paul, in the city and county of Bristol, in the district of Bristol, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 11th day of May, 1863. duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Dated 18th May 1863.

The building is impressive. It has a rectangular nave, with a north aisle, above the roof of which are clerestory windows. There is a large rose window in its west front, which overlooks the three-fold junction of City Road with Upper York Street, and the A38 (Stokes Croft).


Now or formerly Particular Baptist.

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 ST5912973837. 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 23 Apr 2014 at 11:31.

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