Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Brentry Hospital Chapel (Demolished), Brentry, Henbury
Brentry Hospital Chapel (Demolished),
Royal Victoria Park, off Charlton Road,
Brentry, Henbury, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel did 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 before 1935, but we understand it was closed before 2000.

Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902, under the entry for Henbury, notes that "the Royal Victoria Homes, at Brentry, are the only public homes for inebriates at present established in England, and are open for the reception of patients from the greater part of the country. Attached are 90 acres of grounds, surrounded by public roads, with a frontage of nearly two miles, and the buildings consist of two groups of cottages, one for either sex, and having an efficient system of drainage and sewage, a good water supply, telephones and electric light". By the time Kelly's Directory of Gloucestershire of 1914 was published, it had become the Brentry Certified Inebriate Reformatory, said to be certified for 240 inmates, and there were then 210 inebriates under treatment, 130 men and 80 women. By 1923, the Brentry Certified Institutions were receiving inebriates and mentally defectives. There were then 139 patients under treatment - 111 men and 28 women.

Maps of the 1930s see another change of name, to Brentry Colony, and Maps of 1935 indicate for the first time that one of the buildings in the complex had become a Church. In 1948, under the National Health Service, it became Brentry Hospital. The place of worship was still indicated on Maps of the 1990s - so presumably it stayed open as long as the Hospital itself did. The latter closed in 2000, and - as far as I can tell - all its buildings, except the Administration Block, which was originally Brentry House, built in 1802 by Humphrey and James Repton, have since been demolished, and replaced by modern housing.


Now or formerly Hospital Chapel.

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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST5767078773. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 22 Jun 2014 at 08:06.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 16:26:24 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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