Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Augustine the Less's Church (Demolished), Bristol
St Augustine the Less's Church (Demolished),
College Green / Anchor Road,
Bristol, Gloucestershire.


This Church 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 1240, but we understand it was closed before 1962.

"St Augustine's Church, situated near the Cathedral in College-green, was founded by the abbots of St Augustine's monastery, and is mentioned in Gaunt's deed in 1240. The present structure was built in 1480, and has been considerably enlarged at subsequent periods. The living is a vicarage in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Bristol; annual value £345." [Extract from Webster & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of the City of Bristol, and County of Glamorgan, 1865]

It was known as St Augustine the Less to distinguish it from the Abbey, dedicated to St Augustine the Great.

The Bristol Town Plan of 1884 shows it was in a block bounded by College Green on the north, The Butts to the east, Trinity Street to the south, and the Cathedral Grounds to the west. The Royal Hotel (now the Bristol Royal Marriott), in the same block, was between it and the Cathedral. It had a small graveyard on the south side of the Church, which one might imagine would have been closed by 1854, under the requirements of the Burial Act of the previous year; but parish registers cover the periods 1577-1940 (baptisms), 1577-1938 (marriages) and burials from 1577 to as late as 1885, which is curious, to say the least.

There is a statue of Queen Victoria in front of the Royal Marriott. Since then, The Butts, and Trinity Street have disappeared, to be subsumed by Anchor Way. Its continuation in the direction of the City Centre is named St Augustine's Parade.


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 ST5848972731. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 9 Jun 2013 at 12:02.

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This Report was created 19 Aug 2022 - 09:41:39 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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