Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Peter's Church (Demolished), Clifton Wood, Bristol
St Peter's Church (Demolished),
Hotwell Road / Jacob's Wells Road,
Clifton Wood, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


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

This Place of Worship was founded in 1855, but we understand it was closed in 1938.

St Peter's Church has an intriguing history. John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) records that its first building, consecrated on 10th August 1855, had been built in 1833 originally for the Wesleyans, opening in November that year. However "in consequence of the largely increased population of the district, the accommodation of this church became insufficient, and a large, lofty, and ornate Gothic edifice was constructed on an adjoining site at a cost of £6,000, and was consecrated in September, 1882".

Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 records that a separate ecclesiastical parish of Clifton Wood was created in 1859, out of the parishes of St Andrew, Clifton, and St Augustine. "The church, erected in 1881-2... is an edifice of stone and wood, in the Gothic style, consisting of nave and aisles, and has two bells and sittings for 900 persons". The parish records date from 1856, and the living was then a vicarage, in the gift of Simeon's trustees, and had been held since 1901 by the Rev. Hugh Edmund Boultbee M.A. of Durham University.

According to Latimer, the original building was bought by Bristol Corporation for conversion into a free library; however this doesn't appear to have transpired. The above Kelly makes no mention of a Library, and instead has the building next to St Peter's as "St Peter's Church Hall". Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler records likewise, that the former Methodist served as Church Hall - "all gone, the church demolished in 1938".

Both buildings can be seen on the Bristol Town Plans of 1884, at the extreme south-west end of Jacob's Wells Road, close to its junction with Hotwell Road. The original building, labelled simply as "Church", was closer to the junction, and the two were separated by "White Hart Steps". In the present day (2014), a pair of cojoined apartment blocks occupies the site, aptly named "St Peter's House".


Now or formerly Church of England.

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 was located at OS grid reference ST5783672650. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Clifton Wood, Bristol, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 28 May 2014 at 13:38.

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This Report was created 9 Jan 2021 - 20:48:35 GMT from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 14 Jun 2019 at 13:31.

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