Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Default Image Sorry, we do not have an Image of this Place of Worship We do not have a
Photograph at present.

Image by courtesy of
Christadelphian Hall, Stokes Croft, Bristol
Christadelphian Hall,
Cheltenham Road,
Stokes Croft, 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 1955, but we understand it was closed in 1998.

This building first came into being as the Academy Cinema, designed by W.H. Watkins in an "Edwardian Baroque" style, and opened in 1914.

It was closed in 1955, and purchased by the Christadelphians for £7,000, becoming the Christadelphian Hall referred to in the following notice in The London Gazette of 22nd February 1957 (p.1227):

A Building certified for worship named CHRISTADELPHIAN HALL, Cheltenham Road, in the registration district of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, was on 15th February, 1957, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 42 of the Marriage Act, 1949, in place of Christadelphian Hall, Midland Road, now disused. Dated 20th February 1957.

It was used as a place of worship until 1998, with a corresponding notice posted in the Gazette of 18th May 2000 recording its formal closure.

Various sources online record that after it closed for worship, it became the "Magic Box", a bar and restaurant. Latest information is that it has since been refurbished, is believed to go by the name of the Jesters Comedy Club. [Sources: Academy Cinema described on Wikipedia, and Paul Townsend's Photographic Archive of Bristol's Lost Cinemas]


Now or formerly Christadelphian.

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 ST5908874130. 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 Stokes Croft, 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 24 May 2014 at 14:13.

Search for other Places of Worship in Gloucestershire, or in another County in this Database

Please choose a County by selecting one of the Tabs below.
Note: you MUST choose a County - searching all four at once is not an option!

Search Tips:

You can specify either a Place, or OS Grid Reference to search for. When you specify a Place, only entries for that place will be returned, with Places of Worship listed in alphabetical order. If you specify a Grid Reference, Places of Worship in the immediate vicinity will be listed, in order of distance from the Grid Reference supplied. The default is to list 10, but you can specify How Many you want to see, up to a maximum of 100.

You can further refine your search by supplying other search terms.

Please note the above provides a search of selected fields in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database on this site ( only. For other counties, or for a full search of the Database, you might like to try the site's Google Custom Search, which includes full webpage content.

Further Information

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no affiliation with the churches or congregations themselves, nor is it intended to provide a means to find places of worship in the present day.

Do not copy any part of this page or website other than for personal use or as given in our Terms and Conditions of Use.

You may wish to take a look at our About the Places of Worship Database page for an overview of the information provided, and any limitations which may be present.

This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 13:18:53 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.

URL of this page:
Logo by courtesy of the Open Clip Art Library