Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Lodge Street Chapel (Demolished), Bristol
Lodge Street Chapel (Demolished),
Trenchard Street / Lodge Street,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1775, but we understand it was closed by 1914.

This place of worship may be seen on the Bristol Town Plans of 1884 on the south-west corner of the junction of Lodge Street with Trenchard Street. It was described as a Congregational Chapel with seats for 800. It faced the rear of Colston Hall. Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 lists it with other Congregational Chapels as "Lodge Street", with the Rev. William Stacey officiating, but the equivalent publication of 1914 makes no mention of it, so perhaps it had closed by then.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century (1893) records its origins, in the old Assembly Rooms (formerly St Augustine's theatre) at St Augustine's Back. The building was leased by the Countess of Huntingdon, and fitted out at her expense, to open in August 1775. Latimer says the building was never consecrated, but it was served for several years by clergymen of the Church of England. "The attendance was generally large, and many distinguished families, during their visits to the Hot Well, were accustomed to attend" - leading, Latimer suggests, to the foundation of Hope Chapel, in Clifton, by Lady Henrietta Hope and Lady Glenorchy in 1786, for which see the separate entry in this database.

The next mention of Lady Huntingdon's Chapel is in Arrowsmith's Dictionary of Bristol of 1884. He notes that a building in Lodge Street was erected in 1831 "to accommodate the congregation of Lady Huntingdon's Chapel in St Augustine's place. Its cost was £4,500. The roof forms a nave and side aisles without pillars".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 5th December 1837 (p.3221) records its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Lady Huntingdon's Chapel, situated at Lodge-street, in the parish of St. Augustine, within the city and county of Bristol, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 25th day of November 1837, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th William 4, chap. 85. Dated 3rd December 1837.

Evidently it was later to be renamed, and became Congregational; however no corresponding notice of a de-registration has been found for it, nor indeed for any building in Lodge Street.


Now or formerly Huntingdon Connexion.

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 ST5850273050. 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 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 31 May 2014 at 13:29.

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This Report was created 18 May 2022 - 23:32:37 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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