Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Paul's Church, St Paul, Bristol
St Paul's Church   [no longer consecrated]
Portland Square, BS2 8SJ,
St Paul, 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 in 1794, but we understand it was closed in 1988, and the premises are now in secular use.

"St Paul's Church, Portland-square, was erected in 1794. It is a commodious structure, and has a handsome lofty tower. Over the communion table is a fine painting of 'Paul preaching at Athens', by Edward Bird, a Bristol artist. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of Isaac A. Cooke, Esq., and trustees; annual value, £400." [Extract from Webster & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of the City of Bristol, and County of Glamorgan, 1865]

St Paul's is one of 3 of Bristol Churches now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, and is usually open daily from 9am to 5pm. The CCT site describes it as "a masterpiece of provincial 'Gothick' architecture in an 18th century square, the 'wedding-cake church'... so named because of the way that the tower stacks up... Most unusually it is now in use by Circomeda, a circus-training school, and the interior has been fitted out with aerial and trapeze equipment, and there is a pale maplewood semi-sprung dance floor.

The Bristol Town Plan of 1884-1885 shows there was a substantial graveyard at the rear of the church, then (seemingly) still in use. Today there appears to be a least one memorial in situ at the front of the building, the remainder appears to have been cleared and turned into a small park.


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 ST5947273736. 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 St Paul, 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 11:12.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 17:30:45 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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