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Rackhay Burial Ground (Cleared), Bristol
Rackhay Burial Ground (Cleared),
Queen Charlotte Street / Crow Lane,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Church History

This Cemetery or Burial Ground was founded in 1698, but we understand it was closed before 1854.

The Bristol Town Plans of 1884 show that the former Rackhay Grave Yard (or Burial Ground) lay on the south side of Crow Lane, set back slightly from Queen Charlotte Street, but extending eastwards as far as Welsh Back. The Plan also marks a Drinking Fountain beyond its wall. One wonders how pure that water would be! But it was also the point where the Welsh Back Ferry would embark and disembark. Intriguingly also, the block south of Crow Lane contained 5 public houses!

The story of the burial ground may be found in John Latimer's two volumes - The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), and The Annals of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century (1893). He notes that it was created from part of St Nicholas's vicarage house in 1698, "and a further portion was consecrated to the same purpose in 1743". When a new St Nicholas's School which was built in Back Street in 1858, "on a site previously occupied by ruinous dwellings, one of which was the ancient parsonage of St. Nicholas", it was converted into a playground. The school was built directly opposite the burial ground, on the west side of Back Street. "This ancient street, which like its namesake, the Rue de Bac in Paris, owed its title to an adjacent ferry, was in 1885 inconsiderately, if not foolishly, dubbed Queen Charlotte Street".

The school has now been demolished, and the area now occupied by office blocks, but the name "Rackhay" has survived, as a cul-de-sac which would have run to the south of the school. And so have the former St Nicholas's Almshouses, on the south-east corner of the block.


Now or formerly a Cemetery.

In most cases this will be a record of its original consecration.


This Cemetery was located at OS grid reference ST5888972786. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 4 Jun 2014 at 08:06.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 16:23:07 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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