Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Werburgh's Church (Demolished), Bristol
St Werburgh's Church (Demolished),
Corn 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 in 1190, but we understand it was closed in 1878.

"St Werburgh's, situated in Corn-street, was the first church in which John Wesley preached. The present structure was erected in 1761, upon the site of the old building, which is supposed to have been built in 1190. The living is a rectory in the gift of the Lord Chancellor; value about £70 per annum." [Extract from Webster & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of the City of Bristol, and County of Glamorgan, 1865]

Some 12 years after this account was written (1878), the entire medieval building of St Werburgh was moved to a new site in Mina Road. This must have been an enormous undertaking!

The Bristol Town Plan of 1884 shows its original position, on the north-west corner of the junction of Corn Street with Small Street, next to the Commercial Rooms. By then it had been replaced by a Bank, the premises of which in the present day have become the restaurant known as "All Bar One".

Parish records exist for the periods 1558-1985 (baptisms), 1559-1988 (marriages), and 1559-1854 (burials), so evidently it would have once had a graveyard, and after moving, kept the same set of registers, with post-1878 baptisms and marriages taking place at the Mina Road site.


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 ST5879473008. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 9 Jun 2013 at 07:41.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2022 - 01:52:46 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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