Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Gerard Majella RC Church, Knowle, Bristol
St Gerard Majella RC Church (see later for their website address)
69 Talbot Road / Leighton Road, BS4 2NP,
Knowle, 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 1908, and we understand it is still open.

St Gerard Majella Roman Catholic Church occupies a commanding position on the north-east corner of the junction of Talbot Road with Leighton Road, on a slight bend, and at the top of a gentle incline.

The Church's website provides the information that the Church was first established on a temporary basis in 1908, in a rented shop in Jubilee Road. The foundation stone of the present building was laid by Bishop Burton the following year. It is a truly spectacular building, which Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website says was designed by Pugin & Pugin.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 28th February 1911 (p.1568) records its registration for marriages:

A Building, duly certified for religious worship, named ST. GERARD MAJELLA, situated at Talbot-road, Knowle, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, in Bristol registration district, was, on the 24th February, 1911, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85, and 1 Vict., c.22, sec. 35. Dated 25th February 1911.

Talbot Road may have been originally a through-route between the A37 Wells Road, and the A4 Bath Road, but the Wells Road end has always been narrow, and has now been pedestrianised.

Note: Bishop George Compton Ambrose Burton D.D. (1852-1931) became bishop of Clifton Diocese in 1902. He died at St Ambrose, Leigh Woods, and is buried in the Holy Souls Chapel Crypt, in Arnos Vale Cemetery.


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 ST6106170735. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Useful Links

This is list of websites which I have found especially useful whilst compiling the information for this database. Each of them will open a new window.
  • You may want to visit St Gerard Majella RC Church own website.
  • 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 on the website What Do They Know.
Information last updated on 14 Sep 2014 at 16:14.

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This Report was created 25 Sep 2018 - 06:09:32 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 18 Sep 2018 at 15:28.

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