Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Ewen's Church (Demolished), Bristol
St Ewen's Church (Demolished),
Corn Street / Broad Street,
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 1480, but we understand it was closed before 1824.

The Bristol Town Map of 1884 shows the site of St Ewen's Church, on the north-west corner of the junction of Corn Street with Broad Street. This junction was also the site of the High Cross. All Saints Church was on the south-west corner, and Christchurch on the north-east corner. If there had been a fourth church on the south-east corner, one might say it could have qualified as a "Holy Corner", like that in Edinburgh at the junction of Morningside Road, Bruntsfield Place, and Colinton Road!

The 1884 Map shows that by then, St Ewen's had been replaced by the (Old) Council House, which in turn today is the home of Bristol Register Office. According to the British Listed Buildings website, it was built between 1824 and 1827 to a design by Sir Robert Smirke, so evidently St Ewen had been demolished by then. Surviving registers cover the periods 1538-1792 (baptisms), 1539-1793 (marriages), and 1538-1786 (burials), which would seem to indicate this was post-1792.

The About Bristol website suggests it was earlier than this as it states that "St Ewen (also known as Auden or Owen)" was consolidated with Christchurch in 1788. Their account records something of the appearance of St Ewen - the tower, erected in 1631, and a 'great window' over the eastern altar, which according to William Worcestre in 1480 overlooked Broad Street. When it was demolished to build the old council house, stone coffins and fragments of Norman stonework were found - thus suggesting a Norman foundation.


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 ST5886473052. 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 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 9 Jun 2013 at 07:53.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 15:49:28 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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