Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Mission Chapel of St Jude (Demolished), St Jude, Bristol
Mission Chapel of St Jude (Demolished),
Great Ann Street,
St Jude, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 before 1884, but we understand it was closed before 1951.

The location of this Mission Chapel can be seen on the Bristol Town Plans of 1885. It was a long narrow building, set back a short distance from the building line, and was said to belong to the Church of England, and have seating for 200.

Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 says the Mission Halls of St Jude were in Lamb Street, and Wade Street. Lamb Street runs parallel to Great Ann Street, and Wade Street crosses them both, at right angles. Perhaps this indicated the Mission was intended to serve those streets, as it seems unlikely there would be more than one Mission Hall (or Chapel) in such a small area.

This area of Bristol was first developed in 1711-12, as recorded by John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century (1893) - "a considerable extension of the eastern suburb of the city took place about this time by the construction of Wade Street, Great George and Great Ann Streets, etc. The owners of the ground, Nathaniel Wade and Abraham Hooke, built a bridge in 1711 over the Froom, at Wade Street, for the development of the estate". The 1885 Map shows this legacy in several named Courts - Baker's Court, Broad's Court, Cotton's Court, Gabriel's Court. Lamb Street, which backed onto Great Ann Street, had Crocker's Court and Harris Court.

The Mission Chapel was on the south side of Great Ann Street, 4 blocks in from its junction with Great Ann Street. A 1918 Map shows there was a Hall in the same relative position at the opposite (New Street) end of the street. This may have been the Bristol City Mission building, which is known to have been situated in the same street, though it is not marked on Maps. It is possible also that this building also was taken over by the City Mission, as Kelly's Directory of 1914 records two separate premises belonging to them (and no Mission of St Jude).

By Maps of 1951, the Mission Chapel in turn had become a Hall, and its "companion" had been demolished, along with a large area of the rest of the street, and more recently, the remainder of the 18th century buildings, clearing the area for the present day's redevelopment.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST5982173436. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 7 Mar 2014 at 10:27.

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This Report was created 19 May 2022 - 06:18:25 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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