Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Chapel of Bristol Institute for the Deaf, St James, Bristol
Chapel of Bristol Institute for the Deaf,
Room on Ground Floor, 16-18 King Square,
St James, 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, but we understand it is still open.

This place of worship first came to my attention in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010). According to John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), the Bristol Deaf and Dumb Institute was established in 1842 in a building in Park Row. He notes that the charity removed in August 1874, to a custom building in the Tudor style which had been erected at the entrance to Tyndall's Park, for an outlay of £7,000.

Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 records it as The Bristol District Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, notes that it was established in 1841, in Queen's Avenue - with no mention of the earlier building. It describes it as "a building of stone, with Bath stone dressings... opened on the 16th June 1874, the cost of erection being about £6,000... The benefits of the Institution are available to all deaf mutes residing within the city and county of Bristol and the adjacent counties".

By 1914, according to Kelly's Directory of that year, the Bristol Institute & Christian Mission for the Adult Deaf & Dumb was situated at 4 King Square. W.B. Smith was its honorary secretary, and Christr. Elliott, M.B. was treasurer. There is no mention of the Queen's Avenue building, but it does mention a second centre - Kingsdown Deaf Institution, at 10 Kingsdown Parade.

According to an article Bristol's Centre for Deaf People to celebrate its 125th anniversary, published by the Bristol Post on 24th April 2009, the centre moved to its present address of 16-18 King Square in 1962. The article also mentions the church, where all services are in sign language.


Now or formerly Christians.

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 ST5895073831. 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 James, 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 12 Nov 2018 at 15:06.

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This Report was created 7 Jul 2022 - 11:50:54 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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