Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Kingsland Congregational Church (Demolished), St Philip, Bristol
Kingsland Congregational Church (Demolished),
Kingsland Road (now Kingsland Close),
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 by 1839, but we understand it was closed by 1952.

This Chapel was situated on the north side of Kingland Road, in a 'V' formed by York Street (now Barton Manor) and the former railway line, which was crossed by the Kingsland Railway Bridge. Princess Street ran parallel to the railway on the opposite side. Old Maps show it was a rectangular building, with a School for Boys & Girls at the rear, facing onto Chapel Street. A row of houses in the same block facing the railway line were named (predictably, perhaps) "Railway Terrace".

It is labelled as "Kingsland Congregational Chapel" on Old Maps of 1951-1952. Possibly it was associated with the place of worship named "Shaftesbury" in Kingsland Road in the list of Places of Worship on the Bristol & Avon Family History Society website, which is recorded as opening on 1st December 1836; however Old Maps show Shaftesbury Hall as separate premises, and built at a later date.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 15th February 1839 (p.297) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Kingsland Chapel, situated at Kingsland-road, in the parish of St. Philip and Jacob, late in the county of Gloucester, but now in the city and county of Bristol, in the district of the Clifton Union, in the county of Gloucester and city and county of Bristol, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 11th day of February 1839, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of the 6th and 7th William 4, chap. 85. Dated 12th February 1839.

A notice published in the Gazette of 22nd February 1952 (p.1067) cancelled the registration. The Church has since been demolished, but Shaftesbury Hall, now named "Shaftesbury House" has survived. It is further to the south, on the north-west corner of the junction of Kingsland Road with Oxford Street. It is recorded in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1914 as both a Public Hall, and a (Congregational) Mission Room, whereas the same source lists "Kingsland, Dings, St Philip's" as a full Congregational Chapel, with minister Rev. Thomas James Morgan.


Now or formerly Congregational.

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 ST6008872942. 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.

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 7 May 2014 at 15:01.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 12:43:56 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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