Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Alma Church (Clifton Bethesda), Clifton, Bristol
Alma Church (Clifton Bethesda) (link to Church's website)
29 Alma Road / St John's Road, BS8 2ES,
Clifton, 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 1871, and we understand it is still open.

Alma Church is on the north-west corner of the junction of Alma Road with St John's Road; and although its postal address is Alma Road, its entrance appears to be from St John's Road.

It was founded in 1871 as a daughter church of Bethesda Chapel in Great George Street, Brandon Hill, and was called "Clifton Bethesda" to distinguish it. It had two rounded-arched doorways on either side of a large 3-light window, above which is a lozenge-shaped plaque which reads "Clifton Bethesda 1871". The sides are of four bays, and there are extensions at the rear.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 5th January 1877 (p.61) records its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Clifton Bethesda, situate at Alma-road, in the parish of Clifton, in the county of Gloucester, in the district of Clifton, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 2nd day of January, 1877, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 3rd January 1877.

In more recent years, it has become known as the Alma Church. For more information, see the Alma Church website.


Now or formerly Christian Brethren.

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 ST5749373917. 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 4 May 2014 at 14:54.

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This Report was created 11 Mar 2018 - 00:37:12 GMT from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Feb 2018 at 10:54.

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