Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Holy Nativity. Chapel of the House of Charity, Knowle (Totterdown), Bristol
Holy Nativity. Chapel of the House of Charity   [no longer consecrated]
8 Crowndale Road, Wells Road,
Knowle (Totterdown), Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 before 1902, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

My initial reference to this place of worship was in Bristol Record Office's Handlist of Parish Records under the Anglican Records section, where it is listed as "Holy Nativity, Knowle: Chapel of the House of Charity", for which records of baptisms exist for the period 1921-1974, and burials 1931-1991. The only House of Charity I have been able to find in Knowle which at the same time has the potential to be connected with Holy Nativity Church, is listed by Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902, at #8 Crowndale Road (off Wells Road), Totterdown. Old Maps suggest this was, as it is today, one half of a large semi-detached Victorian Villa. Whilst it is near enough to Holy Trinity to fit its description, and there appears no doubt it once functioned as a House of Charity, it is nevertheless difficult to be certain of the identification because of the existence of records of burials. Usually this suggests there was a burial ground attached, but its situation in a residential area suggests this is extremely unlikely. Possibly the records refer to burials elsewhere, as in the nearby Arnos Vale Cemetery?


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST6021471255. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 20 Sep 2014 at 12:17.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2023 - 17:20:42 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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