Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Mission School (of Clifton College), St Paul, Bristol
Mission School (of Clifton College)   [no longer consecrated]
Newfoundland Road,
St Paul, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 about 1868, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

The location of this place of worship - literally, as a "Mission School" may be seen on Ashmead Maps of Bristol of 1874. This appears to fit the description of one of the mission schools of Clifton College, described by John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887). In 1868, the principal of the College, Dr. John Percival, in co-operation with the teaching staff and the elder students of Clifton College, established a ragged school in one of the poorest eastern districts of the city. After the passing of the Education Act of 1870, it was felt that teaching could be left to the secular authorities, and Dr. Percival therefore offered to maintain a mission in any district the Church Commissioners should select.

"The result was the establishment in 1875 of a mission in Newfoundland Road (St. Barnabas, parish), and an invitation to the boys of the College to co-operate in the movement met with a cordial response". A large workshop was converted into a mission room, and two adjoining houses were also taken, but this accommodation proved to be insufficient, and a new mission room was opened in May, 1882. "The institution proved of great service to the sufferers from the disastrous inundation of 1882, when the College, assisted by friends, raised an extra subscription of £618". In the following year, a new ecclesiastical district of St Agnes was established, and a new church built, "at a cost of upwards of £5,000, of which the College and its friends provided one half". This building, St Agnes's Church, was consecrated on 2nd March 1886.

Thus it seems possible that what was, effectively, the forerunner of St Agnes's Church was established as one of Percival's ragged schools, and later promoted to a full mission. The building of 1882 later became St Agnes's Sunday School, and remains in existence today (2014), now a Listed Building, and in secular use as Bristol Boxing Gym.


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 Church was located at OS grid reference ST5994274067. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 27 Jun 2014 at 14:49.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2022 - 01:35:15 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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