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St Stephen's Church, Bristol
St Stephen's Church,
St Stephen's Avenue / St Stephen's Street, BS1 1EQ,
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 in the 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

"St Stephen's, situated in Clare-street, is adorned by a very handsome and lofty tower, with pinnacles, described as 'the fairest form ever erected by the taste and skill of the last Gothic school'. The body of the church was erected in the thirteenth century by John Shipward, one of the 'merchant princes' of Bristol. It was rebuilt in 1470. It is now undergoing entire restoration, together with the tower. The living is a rectory, value £292 per annum, in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor." [Extract from Webster & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of the City of Bristol, and County of Glamorgan, 1865]

St Stephen's Church had a graveyard which by the time of the Bristol Town Map of 1884 was already labelled as disused. It was on the south side of the building, and would have been closed under the directive described by John Latimer in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) - a letter from the Home Secretary's office dated 18th January 1854 "addressed to the churchwardens of each of the ancient parishes of Bristol, announcing that Lord Palmerston, under the powers of an Act passed in the previous session, had resolved on recommending the Privy Council to forbid interments in the crypts or burial grounds of their respective churches".

The termination of burials is reflected in surviving parish registers, which cover the periods 1565-1928 (baptisms), 1559-1997 (marriages), and 1565-1854 (burials).


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 ST5867972978. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 6 Jun 2013 at 15:46.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 22:40:30 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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