Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Andrew the Less's Church (Demolished), Hotwells, Bristol
St Andrew the Less's Church (Demolished),
Dowry Square (Hotwell Road/Chapel Row),
Hotwells, 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 1873, but we understand it was closed in 1958.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) records that the Church of St Andrew the Less was erected in 1873 on the site of "the old building known as Dowry Chapel". It cost £2,700 to build, and was consecrated on 24th September 1873.

In his companion volume for Bristol in the Eighteenth Century, Latimer records that Dowry Chapel was begun in 1746 "for the accommodation of fashionable visitors to Hotwells. Its closure and demolition had been preceded by the closure of its graveyard by a Government order issued in July 1871. The order applied to the 3 burial grounds connected with Clifton parish church, and to the cemetery attached to Dowry Chapel, "subject to certain reservations as regarded surviving relatives of those already interred there.

Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 notes that an ecclesiastical parish of St. Andrew-the-Less was created in 1881. "The church, previously the Dowry chapel of ease, situated in Chapel row, Hotwells, is building of stone in the Decorated style of the early 13th century, erected in 1873 at a cost of about £3,000". It was said to consist of chancel, with quasi north transept, nave of three bays, aisles, organ and choir chamber, with vestry on the south, and a tower containing one bell. The lower stage of the tower formed a porch. The Mural monuments from the old Dowry Chapel were transferred to the western wall. The living was then a vicarage, in the gift of Simeon's trustees, and had been held since 1897 by the Rev. Sydney Field Alford M.A., of University College, Durham.

Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website notes the architect of St Andrew the Less was J.C. Neale; and that it was closed in 1958 and demolished 1962. Blocks of flats now occupy its site.


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 ST5694072574. 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 Hotwells, Bristol, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 26 May 2014 at 16:03.

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This Report was created 13 Aug 2022 - 10:57:09 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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