Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Westbury on Trym
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
Grange Court Road, BS9 4DR,
Westbury on Trym, 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 1939, and we understand it is still open.

The history of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Westbury on Trym is inextricably linked with that of the Chapel now attached to St Ursula's E-ACT Academy, which was founded by a community of nuns belonging to the Visitation Order in 1846.

In 1896, the Visitation nuns moved to Harrow-on-the-Hill, London, and the Convent was taken over by the Sisters of Mercy. And in the 1930s, the Reverend Mother at the time gave a plot of land for a new church to be built, which opened in 1939.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 14th November 1939 (p.7660) indicates its registration for marriages:

A Building, not a Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART situated at Grange Court Road, Westbury-on-Trym in the civil parish of Bristol in Bristol registration district in the county borough of Bristol was on the 31st October 1939, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85, being substituted for the Building named Convent Chapel, situate at Westbury-on-Trym, now disused. Dated 3rd November 1939.

The Convent celebrated its centenary in 1946, as recorded in an article "Sisters of Mercy, A Century of Service in Bristol published in The Catholic Herald, on 4th October 1946. See also the Church's own history available on the Sacred Heart Catholic Church website.


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 ST5744276730. 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 Westbury on Trym, 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 Nov 2018 at 11:15.

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This Report was created 19 Aug 2022 - 09:25:00 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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