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St Paul's Church, Southville, Bristol
St Paul's Church,
Coronation Road, BS3 1DG,
Southville, 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 in 1831, and we understand it is still open.

St Paul's was the first of several chapels of ease of Bedminster to be built during the 19th century. John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), notes that in 1829, an application was made for another place of worship in Bedminster, as the parish church, "of extremely narrow dimensions, was absurdly inadequate to meet the requirements of twelve thousand parishioners". The foundation stones were laid in September 1829, and the Church was consecrated in October 1831 (five days before the Bristol riots) by the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 describes it as "a building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave and a western tower with pinnacles, containing one bell". Beneath the church is a very fine crypt. The interior is surrounded by galleries on the north, south and west sides. The living was said to be a vicarage, in the gift of the Bishop of Bristol, and held since 1888 by the Rev. Chas. Griffiths, of Oxford University, and hon. canon of Gloucester.

Sadly, this building, which was designed by Dyer, was burnt out during WWII, and only four walls were left standing, but it was rebuilt during the 1950s, so once again occupies what appears to be a pleasant spot overlooking the Avon.

The parish of St Paul was created in 1841, from parts of the parishes of Bedminster, and St Mary Redcliffe. Parish register entries include St David's Mission Church (Stackpool Road), and cover baptisms from 1881-1979; marriages, 1852-1984; and burials 1879-2001. The Bristol Record Office list it in Bedminster, but more appropriately now, it is considered to be the parish church of the district of Southville.


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 is located at OS grid reference ST5849771963. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 13 Aug 2014 at 15:39.

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This Report was created 27 May 2022 - 04:39:21 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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