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New Kingsland United Reformed Church, Brentry, Henbury
New Kingsland United Reformed Church,
Passage Road,
Brentry, Henbury, 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

This Place of Worship was founded in 1952, and we understand it is still open.

New Kingsland Congregational (later United Reformed) Church, like New Brunswick Chapel in Southmead, was named for a predecessor. Just as the latter was founded from Brunswick Chapel, in St Paul's, so New Kingsland was founded from Kingsland Chapel in Kingsland Road, which suffered bomb damage during WWII.

Cash from the sale of the damaged building was used to assist in the provision of new premises. The foundation stone for the present building was laid in April 1954; but for some two years prior to this, meetings had been held in a wooden hut, at the side of the present Church. The 1949 OS Map available via the Bristol - Know Your Place interface alludes to this in a handwritten note: "Propd. Congl. Church & Hall, Plan No. 9235/51 & see Plan No. 1745/52". This suggests both a Church and a Hall were planned, so perhaps the hut was retained for a while as a Hall after the Church was opened. Indeed, the list of Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) records both, though there is no evidence of a Hall in the present day (2014).

The following notice in The London Gazette of 24th February 1956 (p.1168) possibly records its registration for marriages, albeit not under the name "New Kingsland":

A Building certified for worship named HENBURY FREE CHURCH, Passage Road, Henbury, in the registration district of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, was on 16th February, 1956, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949. Dated 20th February 1956.

The Church is built of brick, with sides of five bays, and 2 tiers of windows. The front has a wide open-fronted porch, above which is a 3-light window, each light divided into 9 panes; and there is a cross at the apex. The roof appears to be of corrugated iron. The sign on the front of the building (white letters on a dark blue background), reads "New Kingsland United Reformed Church (Henbury)" [Information compiled with the assistance of the BSten (BS10 Postcode) website]


Now or formerly United Reformed (URC).

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 ST5702279369. 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 Brentry, Henbury, 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 19 Jun 2014 at 11:57.

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This Report was created 23 Jan 2022 - 20:53:12 GMT 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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