Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Dowry Chapel (Demolished), Hotwells, Bristol
Dowry Chapel (Demolished),
Dowry Square (Hotwell Road/Chapel Row),
Hotwells, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


This Chapel had 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 1746, but we understand it was closed in 1872.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century (1893) records that Dowry Chapel, Hotwells was "built for the accommodation of fashionable visitors", and when it was in course of erection in May 1746, it was visited by "that indefatigable antiquary, the Rev. William Cole... and with his customary painstaking, jotted down the outlay that had been incurred". The total, which included the ground, "plaistering", "glasing ye windows", and "the conveyance, plans, and a few trifling items" amounted to £269 6s. 4d.

It was demolished in 1872, and replaced by a new building, dedicated to St Andrew the Less, for which see the separate entry in this database. Its closure 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.

Note: the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/1/1/3) records that it was neither consecrated nor licensed. The building had free seating 250, and 350 "other" sittings, and the estimated attendance on March 30th was 200 to morning service, and 200 Sunday Scholars. It was completed by John Housman, the Incumbent of Clifton. He didn't say when it was founded.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST5695172577. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 27 May 2014 at 15:52.

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This Report was created 9 Aug 2022 - 21:46:49 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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