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All Saints Church, Clifton, Bristol
All Saints Church,
Pembroke Road, BS8 2HY,
Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does 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 1868, and we understand it is still open.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), records that the foundation stone of a new church for Clifton, "intended to be dedicated to All Saints", was laid on 3rd November 1864. "The first portion erected was the chancel, to which was attached a large temporary nave, and in this form the building was consecrated in June, 1868". "Owing to the large proportions and costly details of the edifice" it was another 4 years before the permanent nave was ready for consecration, by which time £27,000 had been spent. At the time of his writing, funds were still lacking for for the erection of the tower and spire... "although, from the absence of those adornments, the church, viewed from a distance, presents the appearance of a gigantic barn".

Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 records that an ecclesiastical district of All Saints was created in 1868, from the parishes of St Andrew, Clifton, and Westbury on Trym. The church was described as "in the Gothic style of the 14th century... and consists of chancel with aisles, clerestoried nave of five bays, and narrow aisles, which serve as ambulatories". The stained glass windows formed a connected series illustrating the whole work of redemption from the Creation of the Angels and Man to the Glorification of the Saints in Heaven. The barrel roof is [was] elaborately diapered and decorated, and the pillars and arches, by the use of variously tinted stone, "exhibit very effective designs in natural polychrome".

Kelly also mentions that there was a magnificent reredos at the east end "with sculptures by Redfern, representing Our Lord seated under a canopy and receiving the adoration of the saints".

Sadly, this church was destroyed during WWII, and a new building by Potter & Hare erected 1963-7. Ironically, the base of the tower, the lack of which was a cause of regret for Latimer, and the narthex of 1900, have survived, but the remainder has not.

There are, however, excellent photographs of both old and new on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website, and a fuller account of its history on All Saints Clifton own website.


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 is located at OS grid reference ST5729373884. 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 Clifton, 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 29 May 2014 at 08:25.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 04:28:48 GMT 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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