Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Catholic Church of St Bernadette, Whitchurch, Bristol
Catholic Church of St Bernadette,
731 Wells Road, BS14 9HU,
Whitchurch, 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 1968, and we understand it is still open.

The Catholic Church of St Bernadette is just a short distance from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Counterslip Baptist Church. It was designed by James Leask, of the Nealon Tanner Partnership in, Bristol, and features 2 steeply-sided roofs, one topped with a large cross. The shape of the roofs is described as "hyperbolic paraboloid", as is the single roof of St Aldate's Church, in Finlay Road, Gloucester, (designed by Potter & Hare).

The following notice in The London Gazette of 28th May 1968 (p.6048) records St Bernadette's registration for marriages:

A Building certified for worship named ST. BERNADETTE'S CHURCH, Wells Road in the registration district of Bristol in the county borough of Bristol, was on 21st May 1968 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 23rd May 1968.

The Parish of St Bernadette website tells us it serves the parish of Whitchurch, Hengrove and Stockwood. The roof, we are told by the Parish Priest, represents "a tent on the pilgrim route from Bristol to Glastonbury".


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 ST6113668542. 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 Whitchurch, 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 13:26.

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This Report was created 28 Jan 2022 - 03:10:50 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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