Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bristol Zen Dojo, Bishopston, Bristol
Bristol Zen Dojo (link to Church's website)
91-93 Gloucester Road, BS7 8AT,
Bishopston, 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 1998, and we understand it is still open.

The Centre is (I assume) located on the floors above 2 retail premises in a group of 6, two doors down from "The Foresters" public house. One is a betting shop, the other is a fast food outlet. The doorway to the betting shop has the legend "I.Z.A.U.K / Bristol / Zen", indicating it is also the headquarters for the International Zen Association in the United Kingdom.

Bristol Zen Dojo (1998) Ltd is a limited company, also a Charity. Whilst I have no documentary evidence to support this, it seems likely that 91-92 Gloucester Road was not their first meeting place. An article in the Bristol Post of 12th May 2010 entitled "Bristol's Lord Mayor honours selfless community people with medals" records an award to Robert Flowers. In 1985, he bought the Vaughan Mission Rooms in Clifton and converted them into the first Zen Centre in Bristol. In the present day (2014), however, there is no evidence of the Vaughan Mission Rooms still being a place of Buddhist meeting, and in any case it seems unlikely two Zen Centres in Bristol would co-exist. Therefore, my conclusion is that all meetings now take place at the Gloucester Road premises, "home" to the Centre since 1998 (or earlier), coincident with the formation of the Limited Company.

On the other hand, I might be quite wrong! Apologies to all concerned if so.


Now or formerly Zen Buddhist.

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 ST5903775003. 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 6 May 2014 at 11:57.

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