Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St James's Church (St James Christian Fellowship), Lockleaze, Horfield
St James's Church (St James Christian Fellowship),
Romney Avenue, BS7 9TD,
Lockleaze, Horfield, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does 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 1953, and we understand it is still open.

St James is built of brick, with a steeply sloping roof, enclosing a diamond-shaped "west" window filled with a mosaic of stained glass.

Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website tells us it was built for members of St James's Presbyterian Church, in the Horsefair, and was part of the ecumenical covenant that Bristol's new suburbs should have no more than one non-conformist church each.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 23rd June 1953 (p.3483) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Building certified for worship named ST. JAMES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Romney Avenue, Lockleaze, in the registration district of Bristol in the county borough of Bristol was on 13th June, 1953, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 42 of the Marriage Act, 1949, in place of Presbyterian Church, St. James Parade, now disused. Dated 18th June 1953.

In 1972, when the United Reformed Church was formed (a union of the Congregational Church of England and Wales, the Presbyterian Church of England and the Churches of Christ), the congregation of St James joined that of Trinity URC in Cranbrook Road (Bishopston), and the building was sold to its present owners, St James Christian Fellowship.

This changeover is reflected in notices in the Gazette of 3rd July 1975 (p.8511) recording the cancellation of the registration of "ST. JAMES CHURCH, Romney Avenue, Lockleaze"; and on 19th August 1975 (p.10600) registering, as of 8th August 1975, "ST. JAMES' CHURCH, Romney Avenue, Lockleaze" for solemnising marriages.

The Fellowship now work jointly with Ebenezer Church, in Filton Avenue - further details, including a summary of St James's history, are available on the Ebenezer Church website.


Now or formerly Presbyterian.

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 is located at OS grid reference ST6114376942. 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 Lockleaze, Horfield, 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 5 Jan 2014 at 07:03.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 05:52:06 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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