Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Anselm's Church (Demolished), Clifton Down, Bristol
St Anselm's Church (Demolished),
Whatley Road,
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 1897, but we understand it was closed in 1940.

St Anselm's Church is listed in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 on the north side of Whatley Road between #20 and #36. It was built, apparently, as a chapel of ease of St John the Evangelist, Clifton.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (concluded, 1901) records that it was newly erected in 1897, and opened for divine service on August 8th that year. "A lady named Bowen had bequeathed, about three years previously, £5,000 towards the erection of the church, a site for which had been offered some time before". The gift sufficed for the erection of nave and choir, but not apparently for the transepts, which he notes were added in 1900.

On Maps of 1951-1963, when it is also labelled as a ruin, it also appears to have a south porch. Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website explains that it was "burnt out" in WWII, and demolished in 1954. Google StreetView shows that since then, a new building has been erected on the site, which is now (May 2012) occupied by the Whiteladies Medical Group.


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 was located at OS grid reference ST5760074200. 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 11 Apr 2014 at 09:57.

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This Report was created 30 Nov 2023 - 20:38:48 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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