Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Matthias on the Weir Church (Demolished), Bristol
St Matthias on the Weir Church (Demolished),
Stratton Street / Rope Walk (Wellington Street),
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 1851, but we understand it was closed in the 1920s.

According to John Latimer's The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), the ecclesiastical district of St Matthias was created in 1846, out of the parishes of St Paul, St Peter and St Philip. A piece of ground was selected in 1847, but a dispute over the purchase price delayed construction, and it wasn't until 1850 that the foundation stone was laid. In addition, "much difficulty was encountered in the construction of the edifice, owing to the marshy nature of the site".

Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website, records that it was built to a design by John Norton. Available parish records cover the periods 1847-1940 (baptisms), and 1852-1940 (marriages), which suggests it was a casualty of WWII bomb damage, but Phil says not. It did however close soon after, and in 1952, was demolished. Note that the Church of St Jude, in Braggs Lane, is recorded on the British Listed Buildings website with the joint dedication of "St Jude the Apostle with St Matthias on the Weir", which suggests that after closure, its parish united with St Jude.

It was situated on the south-west junction of Rope Walk with Stratton Street; opposite it, on the Stratton Street side, were "Baths & Wash Houses", which by 1971 had become "Public Baths", and St Matthias was evidently demolished. The Baths have gone now as well, and in the present day, have disappeared beneath the carriageways of Temple Way. Phil says a part of St Matthias's Sunday School buildings survives, but I'm not sure where they were, as they are not marked on any of the Maps I've consulted.

The name still survives in "St Matthias House", a block of flats, built by 1951; and St Matthias Park - the approach to the Church from the south-east. "The Weir" (I assume) was a reference to a weir on the River Frome ('Froom'), which was ultimately channeled underground.


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 ST5949873377. 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.

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Information last updated on 21 Jun 2013 at 09:05.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 17:25:35 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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