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Holy Trinity Church (now Holy Trinity with St Edmund), Horfield, Bristol
Holy Trinity Church (now Holy Trinity with St Edmund),
Wellington Hill / Church Road, BS7 8ST,
Horfield, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) 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 1000, and we understand it is still open.

"The history of Horfield Parish Church almost certainly goes back well over 1000 years. Its circular churchyard, on top of a hill, suggests pagan origins; and it is quite possible that St Augustine, or one of his followers, had a church built on the site, thus baptising what was already seen as a holy place."

The above quotation is from a "History of Our Church", previously available on Horfield Parish Church website, but now, as far as I can tell, only available via the "Wayback Machine" Internet archive. It is an excellent account, and well worth preserving, so those with an interest may wish to review Archived Versions of Horfield Parish Church website.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/2/1/2) for "Holy Trinity, Horfield" in the registrar's district of Ashley describes a building erected "about 600 years Enlarged 1847". There were free sittings for 382, and 18 appropriated sittings - total 400. The usual number attending morning services the Sabbath was "400, including the Soldiers from the Barracks", with 40 Sunday Scholars. In the afternoons there were "very few", and in the evening "no Service". This is a reference to Horfield Barracks, built in 1847. Church parade was then compulsory, and shortly after the Census, in 1859, it was to have its own Garrison Church.

It is assumed its re-dedication to Holy Trinity with St Edmund took place following the closure of Holy Trinity's daughter Church, St Edmund King and Martyr, in Gloucester Road in 1978. Indeed, a statement to this effect was in the aforementioned History: the church was originally dedicated to St Andrew, but was rededicated to the Holy Trinity at an unknown date before the 19th century. To this dedication was added that of St Edmund in 1978, when the mission church of that name in the Gloucester Road was closed down … there is now a Chapel of St Edmund in the north aisle of the parish 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 ST5917876730. 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 Horfield, 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 25 Jan 2019 at 11:45.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 22:00:34 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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