Gloucestershire Places of Worship

St John the Baptist's Church ("St John on the Wall"), Bristol (1) (74k) St John the Baptist's Church ("St John on the Wall"), Bristol (2) (54k) Above Photograph(s)
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St John the Baptist's Church ("St John on the Wall"), Bristol
St John the Baptist's Church ("St John on the Wall"),
Quay Street / Broad Street, BS1 2EZ,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.


This Church had 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 before 1357, but we understand it was closed in 1984.

"St John the Baptist (Broad-street) is a small neat structure, founded by Walter Frampton, who was mayor of the city, and whose remains were interred in the church in 1357. The spire is built upon one of the ancient gateways of the city. In the archway are two ancient figures of the reputed founders of Bristol - Brennus and Belinus. The living is a rectory, with that of St Lawrence annexed, in the patronage of J.S. Harford, Esq., and trustees; annual value, £150." [Extract from Webster & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of the City of Bristol, and County of Glamorgan, 1865]

Available parish registers cover the periods 1558-1982 (baptisms), 1558-1983 (marriages) and 1558-1872 (burials), so evidently it had a graveyard. The Bristol Town Plan of 1884-1885 shows no graveyard adjacent to the church, but two (disused) graveyards in the area are marked. One was on the corner of the junction of John Street and Tower Lane (opposite St John's Almshouses), and the other in a block bounded by All Saints Street, Pithay, Duck Lane (now Fairfax Street), and Nelson Street. The former belonged to St John's - there is a set of photographs on the Flikr website.

Because of its unusual position, it was also known as "St John on the Wall". Another Church, dedicated to St Lawrence, once stood on the other side of the gateway, but it was demolished before the days of extant parish registers.

It is believed to have closed in 1984, and is now a Churches Conservation Trust Museum.


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 ST5874773158. 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 3 May 2017 at 12:51.

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