Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Michael the Less Mission Church, Totterdown, Bristol
St Michael the Less Mission Church   [no longer consecrated]
Marmaduke Street / Hill Avenue,
Totterdown, 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 in 1886, but we understand it was closed in 1956, and the premises are now in secular use.

Once again I am indebted to an account of "St Michael and all Angels: The First Hundred Years", a booklet published for the Church's Centenary in 1986, and available for download from the present day St Michael & All Angels Church (Windmill Hill) website, for providing information about this building. In its heyday as the parish church of Windmill Hill, St Michael's served two Mission Halls. One is situated opposite the Church, in Vivian Street, whilst the other (this one) is at the west end of the parish, on the north-east corner of the junction of Marmaduke Street and Hill Avenue, on the southern boundary of Victoria Park.

It is an odd building - basically rectangular, but with an unusual apse at the "east" end, with a pyramidal roof. There are cusped lights in the north and south facing walls of the apse, but if openings facing "east" existed in the original building, they have been boarded up. The "west" front is just visible over the high wall, which now surrounds the building, and can be seen to have 3 lancet windows, interspersed with quatrefoils. Note: "east" and "west" are used to indicate which end of a church the apse is usually to be found, as in actuality the building faces north-west.

There is more information, and photographs, on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website. He notes that the church held its last service in 1956, after which it was sold, and was in use as a garage; however in the present day (Google StreetView May 2012), it appears to be derelict, so perhaps (as Phil notes) it has become "a prime candidate for demolition in the next few years".


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 ST5957671476. 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 Totterdown, 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 20 Aug 2014 at 15:45.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 16:59:04 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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