Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Pembroke Chapel, Clifton, Bristol
Pembroke Chapel   [no longer registered]
16 Oakfield Road / Oakfield Grove, BS8 2AP,
Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1866, but we understand it was closed in 1929, and the premises are now in secular use.

John Latimer, in his account of The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) recorded that Pembroke Chapel, in Oakfield Road, erected by the Congregationalists, was opened on the 31st October 1866. It took the place of an iron chapel, which had been in use there for some years. Conversely, Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website says the 1866 building was the "tin tabernacle" - "painted to look like stone and with a spire reaching approximately 55ft"; and the present permanent building was erected in 1877 to a design by W.H. Hawtin.

Pembroke Chapel does not have its own entry in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986), but it is mentioned in conjunction with Hope Chapel, Hotwells. "The establishment in 1866 of a new congregation in Oakfield Road at Pembroke Chapel caused a serious decline in support for Hope Chapel". Nevertheless, support for Hope outlasted Pembroke, as the latter was closed in 1929, and in 1933, two monuments were removed, and placed in the vestibule of Hope Chapel. These are to Rev. Samuel Luke (1868), first pastor; and his wife Jemima (1906), authoress of 'I think when I read that sweet story of old'.

The Oakfield Road premises, now known as 'Colkin House', have been "tastefully restored", and are now occupied by a firm of accountants (Whyatt Pakeman Partners).


Now or formerly Congregational.

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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST5750073655. 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 Clifton, 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 11 Jul 2013 at 15:06.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 20:11:15 GMT 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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