Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Oswald's Church, Bedminster Down, Bristol
St Oswald's Church,
Winford Grove, BS13 7EN,
Bedminster Down, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does 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 1928, and we understand it is still open.

St Oswald's Church building was designed by P. Hartland-Thomas, the diocesan architect. Its foundation stone was laid in 1927 by Mrs Ida Richardson, and the building was consecrated by the Bishop of Bristol, George Nickson, with the assistance of the Bishop of Malmesbury, Ronald Ramsey, the following year. The dedication was to "Saint Oswald, King of Northumbria and Martyr".

Intriguingly, we learn from the Bristol and District Organists' Association website, that its organ came from St Matthias's Church> ("St Matthias on the Weir"), in Rope Walk, which was closed in the early 1920s, and subsequently demolished.

Two new parishes were created in 1929, out of what was previously the parish of St Aldhelm. One was for the nearby Church of St Dunstan, and the other called "Bedminster Down", of which St Oswald's became the parish church. The Bristol Record Office hold records of baptisms for the period 1926-1945; and marriages 1929-1992.

Note: St Oswald's Church website tells us that it was converted into a Church Centre in 1983, being rededicated on 23rd October that year.

There are some wonderful photographs, and a glowing description, on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website: "this church stands overlooking the whole of west Bristol, and there are splendid views of the Suspension Bridge and Gorge at Clifton ... the setting still gives the feel of a village church with a green to the south of the church".


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 ST5714569700. 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 Bedminster Down, 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 31 Jan 2019 at 09:47.

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This Report was created 27 Jan 2022 - 18:24:30 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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