Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Emmanuel Church (Demolished), St Philip, Bristol
Emmanuel Church (Demolished),
Clarke Street (now Midland Road),
St Philip, 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 1862, but we understand it was closed in 1937.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), records that the church of Emmanuel, St Philip's, was consecrated on the 9th December 1863. It had cost about £3,000 in construction, exclusive of the site.

The building was situated on the north-west corner of the junction of Clarke Street (a continuation south-east of Midland Road), and Barton Road. The continuation of Barton Road beyond the junction was then named York Street, but has been renamed Barton Manor, no doubt to avoid confusion with a York Street elsewhere in Bristol.

Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 records that a new parish of Emmanuel was created in 1865, from the parishes of Ss Philip & Jacob Without and Within. The church, said to be in Clarke Street, and erected in 1860-2, is [was] "a building of Hanham stone, with freestone dressings, in the Early Decorated style, consisting of apsidal chancel, nave with clerestory, aisles and south porch" There were 665 sittings, with parish records dating from 1862. The living was a vicarage, in the gift of trustees. It had been held since 1861 by the Rev. Richard Cornall, of St Bees, and Ph.D of the University of Rostock [Germany].

Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website records it as "Emmanuel (The Unity), The Dings". He notes that it was designed by Pope & Bindon, and that it was declared redundant in 1937, and demolished in 1939 - "a victim of wholesale slum clearance in the area which became industrial". Phil also points out that its parish room survives, in use as a motor repair shop, but I suspect that is no longer the case. Its location - labelled as "Emmanuel Hall" - can be seen on Maps of 1955-1971, on the south side of Union Road, north of the former railway line, but that site now (2014) appears to be occupied by a block of apartments.


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 ST6000272963. 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 St Philip, Bristol, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 7 May 2014 at 14:55.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 15:08:30 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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