Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Counterslip Baptist Chapel (Demolished), Bristol
Counterslip Baptist Chapel (Demolished),
Victoria Street,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel had 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 1804, but we understand it was closed before 1948.

Counterslip Baptist Chapel was founded in 1804 by a group of seceders from the Pithay Baptist Chapel. Their new building opened in 1810 "in the Corinthian style and could seat 1250 persons". In 1834, some members of the congregation moved back to the Pithay, where they were led by the preacher Evan Probert, who was instrumental in their move to City Road Baptist, in 1861, described elsewhere in this database.

Kelly's Directory of Bristol continues the story, of Counterslip chapel in Bath street, being superseded by a chapel in Victoria street, "erected in 1878, at a cost of £10,000, to seat 900, with a lecture hall for 400, the old chapel being used as a warehouse". The Bristol Town Plan of 1884-1885 does indeed show a Baptist Chapel on the west side of Victoria Street, opposite Colston School (Boys & Girls), with a Sunday School at the rear.

Meanwhile, according to John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), Counterslip Chapel, and adjacent schools had been purchased in 1876 by Messrs. Finzel & Sons, sugar refiners, for about £10,000, and converted into warehouses. The firm went into liquidation the following year, and in 1878 an attempt was made to revive the business, but "the manufactory was finally closed in April, 1881".

Latimer doesn't describe the foundation of the building, but he refers to burials in "Counterslip Baptist chapel" being prohibited in 1854, following the 1853 Act.

The conversion of the chapel to a warehouse occurred too early for it to be identified on Old Maps, but there is a photograph, of what I assume is the original building in Richard Walker's Flickr Photostream. The photo shows a building with a rounded front, and Corinthian columns, whereas the building in Victoria Street would appear to have been rectangular. Sadly, the latter was hit by a bomb in 1940 and for a time services continued in the ruins - a state of affairs which obviously couldn't continue, and a new building was opened in Wells Road, registered for marriages on 19th November 1948.

Note: "Bath Street" was the original name for the street now named "Counterslip" - between Victoria Street and Passage Street, crossing the Avon at St Philip's Bridge. Latimer's Annals of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century records that Bath Street was opened in 1786 - "the new thoroughfare ... ran for the most part over the site of the ancient Tucker Street - one fragment of which still remains to attest its narrow and sinuous character". He also refers to a Tucker Street Chapel, which was swept away under the powers of the Act for building the street, which had been obtained by the Bristol Bridge trustees.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST5930672578. 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 Bristol, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 24 Apr 2014 at 14:21.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:36:46 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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