Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Katharine's Church (Demolished), Totterdown, Bristol
St Katharine's Church (Demolished),
Pylle Hill Crescent / Green Street, BS3 4UB,
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 1889, but we understand it was closed in 1962.

St Katharine's Church, Totterdown was on the south-east corner of the junction of Pylle Hill Crescent and Green Street, where Bristol Jamia Mosque now stands. It is called "St Katharine's Mission Church" in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902, in "Green Street, Pylle hill crescent, Totterdown". According to information on The National Archives website, it was a mission of Holy Nativity Church, Knowle, licensed for worship in 1889.

It is also mentioned in 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, in conjunction with a proposal in the 1950s for St Michael's to take over part of Holy Nativity parish, with the closure of one of the respective daughter churches. St Katherine's was selected for retention, as it was said to be in a better state of repair than St Michael the Less (on the corner of Marmaduke Street and Hill Avenue).

In fact the change of parish boundaries never happened, but St Michael the Less did close - its last service being held in 1956 - and so did St Katharine's. According to TNA website this was "for liturgical purposes", and took place on 30th August 1962. The building was subsequently sold, and converted into the Bristol Mosque. The present Mosque is however a modern replacement, erected about 1980.

A profile of St Katharine's on Old Maps shows that it was smaller than the Mosque, occupying the front of the plot only, and with - possibly - a porch facing towards Green Street. The rear of the plot was shown as unused, so perhaps it was a garden area, as being a Mission Church it seems unlikely to have been a graveyard.


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 ST5966671622. 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 8 Nov 2018 at 14:43.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 14:09:06 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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