Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bible Christian Mission Hall (Demolished), Bedminster, Bristol
Bible Christian Mission Hall (Demolished),
Princes[s] Street,
Bedminster, 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 1855, but we understand it was closed in 1879.

This place of worship is marked on the Bristol Town Plans of 1884-1885 as a Mission Hall, with seating for 350. There is no indication of its denomination, but Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 records Princes Street, Bedminster (Spring Street to New Queen Street) having a Bible Christian Chapel, so I am assuming they are one and the same, and it remained in the Directory because it was retained by the Bible Christians after they built a new Chapel in nearby Redcliff[e] Crescent.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 5th February 1861 (p.455) recorded its initial registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Bible Christian Chapel, situated at Princes-street, in the parish of Bedminster, in the counties of Bristol and Somerset, in the district of Bedminster, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 29th day of January, 1861, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Dated 1st February 1861.

A similar notice in the Gazette of 10th October 1879 (p.5838) recorded the substitution of "Redcliff-crescent Chapel" for the building known as "Bible Christians Chapel, Princes-street, Bedminster, now disused".

Whilst the age of the Princes Street building cannot be determined for certain, it is shown on the Ashmead Maps of Bristol of 1855, and 1874, marked as "Chapel". Prior to that, a return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/328/1/1/10) indicates a place of worship existed in Bedminster for a Bible Christian congregation, founded "before 1800". It was not a separate building, and no name, or address were given for it, but it was used exclusively as a place of worship. It had seating for 80, all of which were free, and an average congregation of 30 at morning service, and 50 in the evening. The return was completed by Henry Howell, its Steward, who gave his address as 49 Castle Street, Bristol.


Now or formerly Bible Christian.

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 ST5924371836. 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 Bedminster, 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 22 May 2014 at 11:13.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 01:46:38 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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