Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne, Bristol
Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne,
Colston Street / Christmas Steps,
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 after 1483, and we understand it is still open.

The Chapel is on the south east corner of Colston Street and Christmas Steps, in the grounds of Foster's Almshouses, founded by John Foster, in 1483. There is a plaque at the entrance which reads:

John Foster / Mayor of Bristol
Founded this Almshouse in 1483
and later the adjoining Chapel of
The Three Kings of Cologne
Dr George Owen, Physician to
King Henry VIII added to
the Endowment in 1555

It has been suggested that Foster dedicated the Chapel to the Three Kings of Cologne, after his visits to Cologne in Germany, which has a Chapel dedicated to the Three Kings.

It is a single-celled building with a large east window, and western bell turret. There are statues of the three kings in niches in the wall beneath it, but these are modern replacements, by Ernest Pascoe.

The Almshouses were restored in 1861-1880 by architects Foster and Wood. The British Listed Buildings website describes their building as "a finely detailed composition accounting well for the lower Christmas Street elevation, and modelled on the Hotel Dieu, Beaune". The Chapel was restored in the 1960s.

The Bristol Town Plan of 1884 shows the site of a Benedictine Priory, dedicated to St Bartholomew, to the north of the Almshouses (on the other side of Christmas Steps). [Other Source: About Bristol website]


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 is located at OS grid reference ST5858673184. 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 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 19 Jun 2013 at 10:41.

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This Report was created 18 May 2022 - 01:15:33 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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