Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bristol Baha'i Centre, Lawrence Hill, Bristol
Bristol Baha'i Centre,
8 Church Road / 2 Thomas Street, BS5 9JA,
Lawrence Hill, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) 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 after 1948, and we understand it is still open.

The Bristol Baha'is website explains that the Faith originated in Persia (now Iran) in 1844, entering Britain in 1898, when the son of the founder visited as part of his tour to promote its teachings in Europe. He toured round five cities - London, Bristol Oxford, Liverpool and Edinburgh, visiting Bristol in 1911 and again, for one night, in 1913. The first Local Spiritual Assembly, "comprising the first collection of 9 Baha'is in the city", was in 1948.

The Centre is on the south-west corner of the junction of Church Street and Thomas Street. It is an unusual building, one of a pair on an "island" between two roads, Thomas Street and Morton Street. Their appearance from the front suggests they were once part of a terrace, but according to Old Maps, this was not the case. The lintel over the window facing Thomas Street has the inscription "The Baha'i Faith promotes world peace and unity of all mankind"

The following notice in The London Gazette of 2nd April 1920 (p.4051) could relate to same Thomas Street, suggesting the building was a place of worship in the early 1900s. Certainly none of the other Thomas Streets in Bristol would seem to fit the bill, as either they do not have a #2 (as in Stokes Croft), or a #2 exists (as in St Paul's), but as residential premises:

NOTICE is hereby given, that the place of meeting for religious worship described as SPIRITUAL CHURCH, situated at first floor of 2, Thomas-street, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the registration district of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, which was duly certified for worship on the third day of July, 1917, has wholly ceased to be used as a place of meeting for religious worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was so certified, and that the Registrar-General has caused the record of the certification thereof to be cancelled pursuant to the Act 18 and 19 Victoria, cap. 81, from the twenty-ninth day of March. 1920. Dated 29th March 1920.


Now or formerly Baha'i Faith.

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 is located at OS grid reference ST6091973351. 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 Lawrence 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 2 Feb 2019 at 14:40.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 17:11:52 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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