Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bristol Friends First Day School, Barton Hill, Bristol
Bristol Friends First Day School,
Salisbury Street, BS5 9UD,
Barton Hill, 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 before 1914, but we understand it was closed by 1980.

There are two adjacent entries relating to this place of worship recorded in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1914 - "Society of Friends Meeting House", and "Barton Hill Adult School". Old Maps, however, label the building only as a School - "Adult School" in 1951, and "Barton Hill Bristol Friends First Day School", in 1967.

Evidently, however it remained more than a school of Adult Education, as its closure was recorded in The London Gazette of 13th March 1980 (p.3942) in a list of buildings which "have wholly ceased to be used as places of worship by the congregations on whose behalf they were certified"... Its original certification was dated 15th November 1955.

The building is built of red brick, with a large frontage, facing north, towards the junction of Salisbury Street with Goulter Street. A sign above the entrance refers to it as "The Old Schoolhouse", with a telephone number, and a note that it belongs to "Bristol Spaceworks" ( Spaceworks' website describes it as "a former school, orphanage and church", particularly suitable to hire by community businesses and creative industries or those requiring a cost effective package, spacious and light spaces and a quiet area close to good transport links. According to recent (2013) Maps of the district, it is still a place of worship. It is not known for whom, but one possibility is the "NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN CENTRE, excluding Hall B and Flat, Salisbury Street, Barton Hill", registered for marriages on 18th May 1993, for which see The London Gazette of 21st May 1993 (p.8941).

Note: this Salisbury Street runs east to west, and should not be confused with Salisbury Street in the St George District, which is a separate thoroughfare, running north to south, between Church Road and Beaufort Street.


Now or formerly Quaker.

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 ST6092672778. 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 Barton Hill, Bristol, 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 11 Jul 2014 at 14:26.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 02:31:58 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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