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St Edyth's Church, Sea Mills, Henbury
St Edyth's Church,
Avonleaze / Riverleaze,
Sea Mills, Henbury, 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 1921, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1923 for Henbury records that "a wooden church house, dedicated to St Edyth, was opened by the Bishop of Bristol on October 19th 1921, at Sea Mills Park, where 250 houses have been built by the Bristol Corporation". It is said to have been named in honour of Lady Edyth (or Edith) Lennard, the wife of its benefactor.

Lady (or dame) Ed[iy]th is believed to have been the wife of Thomas Joseph Lennard, as recorded for Probate - dame Edith Georgina Lennard, of Henbury Hill House, Bristol, wife of sir Thomas Joseph Lennard, died 29 July 1921, with probate to the said Sir Thomas Joseph Lennard knight, the right reverend George Nickson lord bishop of Bristol, and Percy Steadman director of Lennards limited. Effects £15,983 8s. 5d.

Various sources cite her as wife of the Lord of the Manor; but whilst the Kelly's Directory of 1914 for Henbury records Thomas J. Lennard esq. as living at Henbury Court, he is not named as one of the principal landowners, nor at that time as Lord of the Manor (of Henbury).

The present St Edyth's Church was designed by Sir George Oatley. Its foundation stone was laid in 1926, and it was consecrated in 1928. Bristol Record Office have registers of baptisms for Sea Mills over the period 1921-1997, and marriages 1929-1997.

There is a nice photograph of St Edyth's Church, Sea Mills on the Geograph website.


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 is located at OS grid reference ST5493476449. 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 Sea Mills, Henbury, 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 11 Feb 2014 at 14:36.

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This Report was created 27 Nov 2021 - 05:32:19 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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