Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Gospel Hall (Demolished), Knowle West, Bristol
Gospel Hall (Demolished),
Hartcliffe Road,
Knowle West, 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 1947, but we understand it was closed by 2002.

"Gospel Hall, Hartcliffe Road, Knowle West" first came to my attention in a notice published in The London Gazette of 11th November 2002 (p.13621), as one of a list of buildings which "are no longer used by the congregation on whose behalf they were registered for marriages"... At a later date, I located the notice of its original registration, published in The London Gazette of 18th April 1947 (p.1733):

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named GOSPEL HALL, situated at Hartcliffe Road, Knowle West in Bristol registration district in the county borough of Bristol, was on the 10th April 1947, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85. Dated 12th April 1947.

I was unable to find a building labelled as such on Old Maps, but in the present day, a block of apartments named "Gospel Gardens" occupies a plot at the north-east end of Hartcliffe Road. Looking at the same plot on Maps of 1949 shows a building set back from the road, named "Hartcliffe Hall", and a building of that name is recorded in the list Places of Worship available on the Bristol & Avon Family History Society website as a Mission Hall.

By way of additional confirmation that they were one and the same, the Bristol Record Office hold records of marriages at "Knowle West, Hartcliffe Road: Gospel Hall" for the period 1949-1978. Interestingly, it is one of only three buildings used by the Christian Brethren in Bristol for which records have been deposited. The other two are Bethesda in Great George Street (baptisms 1822-1837), and Abingdon Road Hall, in Fishponds (marriages 1937-1996).


Now or formerly Christian Brethren.

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 ST5971669740. 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 Knowle West, 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 23 Sep 2014 at 13:15.

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This Report was created 3 Jul 2022 - 17:55:43 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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