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Christian Science Church, Clifton, Bristol
Christian Science Church   [no longer registered]
Edgcumbe Hall, Richmond Hill, BS8 1AT,
Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church did 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

This place of worship first came to my attention in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) with the address provided above. Edg[e]cumbe Hall is a large building, apparently in the present day (2014) wholly devoted to the Bristol headquarters of the Jelf Group Plc, so it is not clear when, or how, a congregation of Christian Scientists met here.

The building faces Queen's Road, and is a large one. Originally, as per Bristol Town Maps of 1884, it was two semi-detached villas, Edg[e]cumbe Villa on the east side, and Thornton Villa on the west side.

As usual, John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), has something to say about their origins. In September, 1812, "a piece of ground at Clifton, somewhat less than ten acres in extent, was sold ... for building sites, and brought what was then regarded as the extraordinary sum of £15,000. The houses erected upon it were called Richmond Hill... Clifton was still, so far as the elevated district was concerned, a mere village, and all its arrangements were primitive... The postmaster was a tailor, who used to sit at his work on the shopboard in one window, while his wife, at the other side, sold gingerbread and sweets. There were two letter carriers, one of whom was a woman, and the work of carrying the letter bags to and from Bristol, and of delivering the contents, was divided between them".

Denomination

Now or formerly Christian Science.

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 was located at OS grid reference ST5767273363. 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 5 May 2014 at 12:01.

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