Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Cotham Grove Baptist Church (Demolished), Redland, Bristol
Cotham Grove Baptist Church (Demolished),
Elmgrove Road,
Redland, 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 1872, but we understand it was closed in 1967.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) records that the foundation stone of Cotham Grove (Baptist) Chapel was laid on the 22nd June 1871, and the building was opened for public worship in the following year. Old Maps show it was a large building, with a General Baptist congregation, occupying a plot backing onto Southfield Road, laid out to lawns and shrubs. Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website, describes it as "a lively gothic structure at the top of a street of Victorian Villas". His account also includes photographs.

It was bombed during WWII, restored in the 1950s, but closed the following decade, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 18th April 1967 (p.4348) indicates:

The Registrar General, being satisfied that COTHAM GROVE CHAPEL, Elmgrove Road, Cotham in the registration district of Bristol in the county borough of Bristol is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 5th June 1873 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1836, has cancelled the registration. Dated 13th April 1967.

Its congregation subsequently joined with Arley Chapel and Cotham Methodist Chapel, to form Christ Church Cotham, and its building demolished, the site now occupied by modern housing.


Now or formerly General Baptist.

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 ST5860574365. 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 19 Apr 2014 at 07:41.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 10:55:16 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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