Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Clifton Down Congregational Church, Clifton Down, Bristol
Clifton Down Congregational Church   [no longer registered]
Suspension Bridge Road, BS8 4AN,
Clifton Down, 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 1868, but we understand it was closed after 1984, and the premises are now in secular use.

Clifton Down Chapel was built in 1868 for Congregationalists who were meeting in the Bridge Street Chapel in the City, a congregation whose origins lay back in the 17th century, when Charles II. granted a licence to John Weeks to preach in St James's Back. John Latimer, in his Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), records that it was opened on 11th November 1868 by the Rev. S. Martin, of London. "The new building, which is in the fourteenth century style, cost nearly £10,000. Funds were not available for raising a highly ornamental spire". He adds that (at the time), the license was carried over, and was still exhibited in the vestry.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 20th May 1870 (p.2661) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given that a separate building, named Clifton Down Congregational Church, situated at Clifton Down, in the parish of Clifton, in the county of Gloucester, in the district of Clifton, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 17th day of May, 1870, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Dated 18th May 1870.

No corresponding notice of its closure has been found, but evidently this was after 1984, as the Bristol Record Office Parish Register catalogue lists baptism records to that date. When I first prepared this account in 2014, I discovered it had been redeveloped into a block of apartments for the over-60s, known as "Guardian Court". This was managed by a group known as the Anchor Trust which has now (2018) been rebranded as The Anchor Group.

Note: "Suspension Bridge Road" is shown on Google Maps in two sections, called "Gloucester Row" and "Beaufort Buildings".


Now or formerly Congregational.

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 ST5697373231. 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 Clifton Down, 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 22 Nov 2018 at 13:56.

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This Report was created 27 May 2022 - 04:01:14 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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