Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bristol City Mission (Demolished), Bedminster, Bristol
Bristol City Mission (Demolished),
Catherine Mead Street,
Bedminster, 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 by 1914, but we understand it was closed after 1914.

By way of background to its foundation, returns to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/328/1/1/8 and 9) for Chapels in Sargeant Street and Paul Street, Bedminster, suggest that the Bristol City Missionaries were drawn to the poor & very populous neighbourhood". Of Paul Street, the Missionary, Henry Kingdon, remarked that "Sunday nights it is always crowded with attentive congregations". Catherine Mead Street is believed to be one such "poor & populous" place.

Ashmead's Maps of Bristol suggest the street was laid out between 1855 and 1874, and originally named "Catherine Mead Road". The plots on the south side of the street backed onto a "rail road", which ran between Dean Lane Pit, and the Bedminster Coal Company's Yard on East Street. To the north-east was the site of St Catherine's Hospital, founded by Robert de Berkeley circa 1200 as a hospice, the last remains of which were demolished in 1887.

The Mission itself is not, to my knowledge, shown on any Old Maps, but it is recorded in the street directory section of Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1914, in which house numbering suggests it was on the south side of the east end of the street, which then ran, as it does now, from Dean Lane to Lombard Street.


Now or formerly City Mission.

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 in the town/village nearest OS grid reference ST5859971680. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 30 Aug 2014 at 08:22.

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This Report was created 4 Dec 2021 - 08:43:15 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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