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Francis (or Williams) Burial Ground (Cleared), St Philip, Bristol
Francis (or Williams) Burial Ground (Cleared),
West Street (west of Waterloo Street),
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.

This former Burial Ground may be seen on Ashmead's Maps of Bristol of 1855 as a narrow plot on the south side of West Street, to the west of Waterloo Street.

It was either Francis's or Williams's burial ground - both recorded in John Latimer's Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) in West Street, along with several other burial grounds in Bristol which were required to be closed by Lord Palmerston's Act of 1853. So far I have been unable to determine which was which.

In 1850, when deploring on the "filthy conditions of the suburbs" Latimer quotes Mr. Clark, of the Board of Health, who reported there were sixty-one places of burial in the city, of which thirty-seven belonged to the Established Church, and five to private persons (undertakers); and further, that "a correspondent of the Bristol Times stated (April 30, 1853), that from "two to three dozen" bodies were buried every Sunday in each of two private burial grounds, belonging to persons named Francis and Wms". So evidently, they were undertakers.

Later Maps of the 1880s show the area occupied by the Burial Ground had become a Brass Foundry.


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 ST5992673198. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 4 Jun 2014 at 14:14.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 12:10:16 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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