Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Moravian Chapel (Demolished), St James, Bristol
Moravian Chapel (Demolished),
Upper Maudlin Street,
St James, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel 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 in 1756, but we understand it was closed by 1971.

There is a comprehensive description of Bristol's Moravian Chapel in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986). A plot on the east side of Maudlin Street was bought in 1756, on which the Chapel was built, and opened the following year. The burial ground, behind the Chapel, was surrounded by ancillary buildings, including a minister's house, a sisters' house, and a girls' school; and on the east side, a cooperage house was replaced in 1863-4 by a day and Sunday-school.

Monuments in the Burial Ground included Elizabeth Skrine (1763); Mary Moor (1777); Sarah Bell (1780); with the last stone visible to Bishop George Macleary, dated 1963.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 9th November 1971 (p.12172) recorded :

The Registrar General, being satisfied that MORAVIAN CHURCH, Upper Maudlin Street in the registration district of Bristol in the county borough of Bristol is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 7th February 1898 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1836 has cancelled the registration. Dated 28th October 1971.

The site was sold for redevelopment that year, but some of its glass, from a circular window above the pulpit, which includes symbols of Lamb and Flag, is now in St Nicholas's Church Museum.


Now or formerly Moravian.

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 ST5869973429. 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 St James, 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 18 Jul 2013 at 13:59.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2022 - 01:21:13 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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