Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bristol Royal Infirmary Chapel, Bristol
Bristol Royal Infirmary Chapel,
Upper Maudlin Street,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel has (or 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 about 1806, and we understand it is still open.

According to John Latimer, in his The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), the foundation-stone of the left wing of the Infirmary was laid in June 1806 by Mr. E. Protheroe. "For some inscrutable reason, the whole of the Infirmary buildings were painted black, and presented a most lugubrious appearance... It was not until more than thirty years later that the doleful aspect of the institution was removed at the expense of Mr. H.A. Palmer".

Latimer also records that the Infirmary had an associated burial ground in Johnny Ball Lane, which along with the churchyards belonging to the ancient parishes of Bristol was required to be closed by Lord Palmerston's Act of 1853.

Archaeological Review No. 27 of Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 2003, Vol. 121 (p.272) provides the additional information that the burial ground was in use from 1757 to 1857 for the interment of paupers dying in the Infirmary. When the burials were removed, some remains were retained for analysis, whilst others were re-buried at the South Bristol Crematorium and Cemetery, Bedminster.


Now or formerly Hospital Chapel.

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 is located at OS grid reference ST5877073523. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 18 Jul 2013 at 11:48.

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This Report was created 6 Jul 2022 - 11:38:00 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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