Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Demolished), Stokes Croft, Bristol
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Demolished),
176 Cheltenham Road,
Stokes Croft, 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 1955, but we understand it was closed in 1970.

Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1914 records 176 Cheltenham Road as "Mowbrick lodge", the residence of G.W. Morgan Fletcher, L.D.S. R.C.s. Eng. surgeon-dentist. "Mowbrick Lodge" is shown on the Bristol Town Plan of 1883 as a large property, with extensive grounds, backing onto Cutlers Mill Brook. In the adjacent plot to the south was another large property, named "Arley House". Both of these properties are now demolished, their plots occupied by a variety of buildings, including The Dolphin School, and a large modern building on the site of the former Mowbrick Lodge.

It would be satisfying to identify the Dolphin School as the building formerly occupied by Latter-day Saints, as it has an ecclesiastical look to it; however the 2013 Map available on the Bristol - Pinpoint Local Information website indicates it as #174. The plot the modern building now occupies lay between #174(a-d) and #180(a-c).

As a nice touch of irony, the dental surgeon who occupied Mowbrick Lodge in 1914 also qualified as "L.D.S." The connection is however entirely coincidental, as in his case it would have stood for "Licentiate in Dental Surgery"! It is nevertheless interesting to speculate as to whether Latter-day Saints occupied Mowbrick Lodge itself, or whether it had been replaced by the time they took over. The following notice in The London Gazette of 9th April 1970 (p.4016) indicates they were there by 1955:

The Registrar General, being satisfied that CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 176 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft 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 30th July 1955 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Acts, 1949 to 1959, has cancelled the registration. Dated 31st March 1970.

Its original registration, as "CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, Ground Floor and Basement, 176, Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft", took place on 13th July 1955 (not the 30th - both dates have been rechecked), as published in the Gazette of 19th July 1955 (p.4181).


Now or formerly Latter-day Saints.

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 ST5906374413. 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 Stokes Croft, 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 24 Apr 2014 at 12:06.

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This Report was created 1 Jul 2022 - 06:35:38 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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