Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Default Image Sorry, we do not have an Image of this Place of Worship We do not have a
Photograph at present.

Image by courtesy of
Guthrie Memorial Chapel (Private), Clifton, Bristol
Guthrie Memorial Chapel (Private),
Clifton College, Guthrie Road,
Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1867, and we understand it is still open.

John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), tells us that Clifton College was established in 1860, by means of a company, as "a first class public school for the education of the sons of gentlemen, members of the Established Church". A large piece of ground, including a public house, called the Gardeners' Arms, was purchased for £14,000, and the "Big School", designed by Charles Hansom, begun soon after. The first headmaster appointed was Rev. C. Evans, M.A., a master then teaching at Rugby; Evans, however chose to take up a head-mastership at a school in Birmingham instead, and the Rev. John Percival, M.A., Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford, "whose university career had been of almost unsurpassed brilliancy" was appointed in his place. The college opened on 30th September 1862, with about 60 boys.

The chapel was added in 1866 by Mrs. Guthrie, in memory of her husband, the late Canon Guthrie. Arrowsmith's Dictionary of Bristol (1884) records it as "a clever architectural gem in Early Decorated style". At its west end is a magnificent rose window, 18 feet in diameter, arranged with twelve circular lights in the outer part for images of the Apostles, and a large circle in the centre for a representation of Christ, with small intervening spaces for angels. The tower was added by the College Company to the memory of the same reverend gentleman, "whose warm interest in the institution they thus desired to perpetuate". The corner stone was laid by Mrs. Guthrie on December 19th, 1865, and consecrated by the Bishop of the Diocese in 1867. The nave is 75 feet long, 33 feet wide, and is divided into six bays by arched principals on carved stone corbels.

The college was so successful as to exceed the expectations of its promoters; so in December, 1877, with a view to its establishment on a more permanent and unsectarian basis, and to place it on a level with the other great public schools, it was resolved to wind up the company and to petition the Crown for a charter of incorporation. This was obtained in March the following year.

Recent changes include the admission of girls to the Sixth Form in 1987, and it is now fully coeducational.


Now or formerly School/College 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 is located at OS grid reference ST5705273865. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 26 Jun 2014 at 14:54.

Search for other Places of Worship in Gloucestershire, or in another County in this Database

Please choose a County by selecting one of the Tabs below.
Note: you MUST choose a County - searching all four at once is not an option!

Search Tips:

You can specify either a Place, or OS Grid Reference to search for. When you specify a Place, only entries for that place will be returned, with Places of Worship listed in alphabetical order. If you specify a Grid Reference, Places of Worship in the immediate vicinity will be listed, in order of distance from the Grid Reference supplied. The default is to list 10, but you can specify How Many you want to see, up to a maximum of 100.

You can further refine your search by supplying other search terms.

Please note the above provides a search of selected fields in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database on this site ( only. For other counties, or for a full search of the Database, you might like to try the site's Google Custom Search, which includes full webpage content.

Further Information

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no affiliation with the churches or congregations themselves, nor is it intended to provide a means to find places of worship in the present day.

Please also remember that whilst the above account may suggest that Guthrie Memorial Chapel (Private) remains open and accessible, this may not remain so.

Do not copy any part of this page or website other than for personal use or as given in our Terms and Conditions of Use.

You may wish to take a look at our About the Places of Worship Database page for an overview of the information provided, and any limitations which may be present.

This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 19:12:20 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.

URL of this page:
Logo by courtesy of the Open Clip Art Library