Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Lawrence Hill Church, Russell Town, Bristol
Lawrence Hill Church,
77 Lincoln Street / Ducie Road, BS5 0BJ,
Russell Town, Bristol, 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 1968, and we understand it is still open.

Passing by this Church in Ducie Road, one could be forgiven for thinking it is a large modern townhouse. The only evidence of a place of worship is a rather large chimney, which could be taken for a tower, and a small steeple is visible at the crossing of the two wings of the building. Turning into Lincoln Street, however, is a different story. The "domestic" theme is continued, but in addition there is a wide entrance porch, and a large "east" window, below which is a sign which reads "Lawrence Hill URC/Methodist Church / a church for everyone, because everyone matters / Celebrating 40 years of caring service in the community / 1968-2008", followed by additional details of services, and a telephone number to contact.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 23rd August 1968 (p.9303) indicates its registration for marriages:

A Building certified for worship named LAWRENCE HILL CHURCH, Ducie Road, Lawrence Hill, in the registration district of Bristol in the county borough of Bristol, was on 16th August 1968, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949, as amended by section 1(1) of the Marriage Acts Amendment Act, 1958. Dated 21st August 1968.

Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website records it as a replacement for the former Russell Town Congregational Church, which stood on the corner of Church Street and Cobden Street, but has since been demolished. Evidently it also replaced a former Methodist Church, the nearest of which, so far as I can tell, would have been in Morley Street, also now demolished.

The site of Lawrence Hill Church itself was formerly occupied by Christ Church (CoE), also now (obviously) demolished.

More recently, in 2015 the premises has become the home of the Bristol Methodist Centre, but remains associated with the Bristol & South Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit, as one of their projects.


Now or formerly United Reformed (URC)/Methodist.

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 ST6078673286. 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 Russell Town, 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 1 Nov 2018 at 16:46.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 18:38:30 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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