Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Dolman's Burial Ground (Cleared), St Philip, Bristol
Dolman's Burial Ground (Cleared),
Pennywell Road / Vestry Lane,
St Philip, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Church History

We don't know when this Cemetery or Burial Ground was founded, but we understand it was closed before 1854.

Dolman's Burial Ground is recorded in John Latimer's Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) along with several other burial grounds in Bristol which were required to be closed by Lord Palmerston's Act of 1853. He notes that it was in Pennywell Street. Assuming this was a former name for Pennywell Road, it isn't immediately obvious in the present day where it might have been. However, the various Maps available via the Bristol - Know Your Place interface provide the solution.

Ashmead Maps of 1828 show an address of "Dolman's Court", off Eugene Street on the opposite side of the road, and between its junctions with Little Anne Street and Little George Street. Behind it was an area labelled as "Dolman's Yard". On Ashmead's Maps of 1855, the same area was labelled as "Burial Ground"; but by Maps of 1880s, it was no longer marked.

The Burial Ground appears to have been accessed from Vestry Lane, rather than from Pennywell Road; and by the 1880s, this was also providing rear access to a building fronting Pennywell Road, named "Vestry Hall", which in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 was associated with Holy Trinity Church in Trinity Road, details of which can be found elsewhere in this database.


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 ST5992473639. 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 St Philip, 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 4 Jun 2014 at 09:53.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 18:00:58 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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