Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Edmund's Church (Demolished), Horfield, Bristol
St Edmund's Church (Demolished),
288 Gloucester Road,
Horfield, 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 1905, but we understand it was closed in 1978.

This Church first came to my attention on Old Maps of 1952-1953, on the west side of Gloucester Road, opposite its junction with Dongola Avenue. It is named simply as "Church", but thanks to descriptions available elsewhere, I have now identified it as the former St Edmund's, a daughter Church of the ancient church of Holy Trinity, in Horfield.

According to a most interesting account of Horfield on the Bristol & Avon Family History Society website, the foundations of a church were laid in 1860, when St Edmund's Trust School was built. It remained a school until 1905, when it became the Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr. Phil Draper continues the story on his ChurchCrawler website, providing the further information that the first building was a Hall, which was converted into a Church by P. Hartland Thomas in 1930. The church closed in 1978, and the building was in commercial use for a time, until it was demolished in 2006. "The wooden font is now at St Mary Magdalen, Lockleaze".

The Bristol Record Office's Parish Register catalogue indicates records exist of baptisms 1939-1977. Following its demolition, the site was redeveloped, and is now in combined residential and commercial use. [Simon James New Homes, 288 Gloucester Road]


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 ST5922775976. 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 Horfield, 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 4 Jan 2014 at 09:05.

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This Report was created 9 Aug 2022 - 21:56:00 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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