Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary Redcliffe Cemetery, Arnos Vale, Bristol
St Mary Redcliffe Cemetery,
Bath Road, BS4 3EW,
Arnos Vale, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Church History

This Cemetery or Burial Ground was founded in 1866, but we understand it was closed in 2000.

St Mary Redcliffe's Cemetery is on the opposite side of the road to Arnos Vale Cemetery. Its foundation is described by John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) - in 1866, authorisation was obtained for construction of the Bristol Harbour Junction Railway and Wharf Depot - "a scheme promoted with the view of lessening the traffic in over-crowded thoroughfares by forwarding goods directly from the quays to the railway station". The route chosen involved demolition of the old vicarage of St Mary Redcliff and nearly all one side of Guinea Street; and "as the line passed under the burial ground of the parish, the vestry received £2,500 in compensation, with which sum land was purchased and laid out for a parochial cemetery near Arno's Vale".

There is a small amount of information about it in more recent times on Totterdown Residents Environmental Social Action website, under the menu item "News & Events". Their account also mentions the possibility of forming a Friends of St Mary Redcliffe Cemetery group.

Since the Cemetery's closure in 2000, maintenance has been taken over by Bristol City Council. Its Chapel, however, remains the responsibility of St Mary Redcliffe Church. According to information on "Family Research" on the St Mary's website, the burial registers for the Cemetery are still held at the Church.


Now or formerly a Cemetery.

In most cases this will be a record of its original consecration.


This Cemetery was located at OS grid reference ST6086871726. 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 12 Sep 2014 at 17:10.

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This Report was created 12 Jul 2018 - 13:39:18 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 29 Mar 2018 at 10:29.

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