Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St James's Chapel of Ease (Hensman Memorial Church) (Demolished), Clifton, Bristol
St James's Chapel of Ease (Hensman Memorial Church) (Demolished),
The Fosseway,
Clifton, Bristol, 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 in 1862, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

St James's Chapel of Ease (of St Andrew's Church, Clifton) was situated on the western side of St Andrew's graveyard. The Churches were, in fact in very close proximity to one another, but definitely coexisted, as they can both be seen on the Bristol Town Plans of 1884. St James's Church had seating for 400, and St Andrew's 2,250.

It was in existence until at least 1914, as it is recorded in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of that year, with a note that it was also known as the Hensman Memorial Church. It was served by the Vicar of St Andrew's, the Rev. Henry Lawe Corry Vully de Candole, M.A. and Sextoness Mrs. Cross, of Sion Hill.

Once again, John Latimer's The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) comes to the rescue in identifying its naming, and therefore its existence. "In March, 1859, a number of the inhabitants of Clifton resolved upon the erection of a chapel of ease to Clifton Church, in commemoration of the Rev. J. Hensman's fifty years' labours amongst them. The chapel, which was dedicated to St. James, but is more commonly known as the Hensman Memorial Church, was consecrated by Bishop Thomson, during his brief episcopate, in December, 1862, when Mr. Hensman was still incumbent of the parish".

St Andrew's suffered damage during WWII, and was demolished about 1956. It is not known whether St James's was damaged as well - probably it was, as thereafter, Christ Church became the parish church. It is, at any rate, demolished now, as a block of apartments occupies the site where it once stood.


Now or formerly Church of England.

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 ST5727173016. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 27 Jun 2014 at 14:47.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2022 - 02:04:12 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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