Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Matthew's Parish Hall & Sunday School, Kingsdown, Bristol
St Matthew's Parish Hall & Sunday School,
Cotham Road South / St Matthew's Road, BS6 5TZ,
Kingsdown, 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 before 1912, but we understand it was closed in 2012.

St Matthew's Parish Hall is situated on the north-east corner of the junction of Cotham Road South with St Matthew's Road. It is a large building with a three-gabled front facing the junction, and a side entrance off Cotham Road South. The central gable has a large plaque at ground level which reads "St Matthew's Parish Hall & Sunday Schools / Reconstructed & Enlarged 1912 / Frederick Glanvill, Vicar". A modern sign outside proclaims it "The Ark".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 15th May 1984 (p.6826) records its registration for marriages:

A building certified for worship named ST. MATTHEWS PARISH HALL, Cotham Road South, Kingsdown, Bristol in the registration district of Bristol in the non-metropolitan county of Avon was on 2nd May 1984 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 10th May 1984.

The subsequent cancellation of this registration was recorded in the Gazette of 20th September 2012 (p.18078), in a list of buildings which "are no longer used by the congregations on whose behalf they were registered for marriages"; and in the present day (2014), as "The Ark", the building is owned by Bristol Christian Fellowship. As such, it is believed to be in use by 3 local Churches for meetings and events; and property adverts returned in a Google Search also suggest that part of it has been converted into flats.


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 ST5857873819. 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 Kingsdown, 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 21 Apr 2014 at 15:21.

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This Report was created 18 May 2022 - 21:32:53 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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