Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Elmgrove Church (formerly St Nathanael's Church), Redland, Bristol
Elmgrove Church (formerly St Nathanael's Church),
Elmgrove Road / Redland Road, BS6 6AH,
Redland, 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 1995, and we understand it is still open.

"From a building used one day a week for church services, it has grown from still having church services but also to having a variety of activities during the week - as diverse as being the venue for a rehearsal space for BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' and for Cameron Balloons to inflate and test a hot air balloon!" [Quote from the Elmgrove Centre website]

The Elmgrove Centre occupies a building erected originally as St Nathanael's Church. The Church of England relinquished the building in 1988, and in 1990, a notice in The London Gazette of 31st August 1990 (p.14094) recorded the registration for marriages of "New Life Christian Centre, The Elmgrove Church, Redland Road, Cotham, Bristol". This registration was cancelled, according to a notice in the Gazette of 2nd February 1994 (p.1609) for "NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTRE, The Elmgrove Church, Redland Road, Cotham"; however the following year, a congregation recorded as the Fellowship of The King in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010), (re)registered the premises, as recorded in the following notice in The London Gazette of 31st July 1995 (p.10465):

A Building certified for worship named ELMGROVE CHURCH, Elmgrove Centre, Redland Road, Cotham, Bristol in the registration district of Bristol in the Non-Metropolitan County of Avon was on 25th July 1995 registered for solemnizing 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 26th July 1995.

Whilst the Elmgrove Centre includes Elmgrove Church, a variety of cultural and civic activities also take place in the building complex, which includes a building to the rear of the church - originally (as shown on Old Maps) St Nathanael's Sunday School. Apparently this has required a separate registration, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 13th January 2011 (Issue no. 59670) indicates:

A building certified for worship named THE ELMGROVE CENTRE (FORMERLY ST NATHANIEL'S CHURCH & HALLS), Elmgrove Road, Cotham, Bristol in the registration district of Bristol, in the City and County of Bristol, was on 30th December 2010 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 6th January 2011.

The Elmgrove Centre website has some very nice photographs, showing of the interior of the building.


Now or formerly Fellowship of The King.

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 ST5865374504. 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 Redland, 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 2 Feb 2019 at 10:44.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 18:16:47 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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