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Temple or Holy Cross Church (Ruins), Bristol
Temple or Holy Cross Church (Ruins),
Temple Street / Church Lane,
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 1145, but we understand it was closed in 1956.

"Temple (otherwise Holy Cross) Church, situated in Temple-street, was founded by the Knights Templars in the year 1145. It is remarkable for the singular position of its leaning tower, which, when the bells are rung, moves, as Camden expresses it, 'huc et illuc' - here and there. It leans to the south-east, and is four feet out of perpendicular. The interior is beautifully decorated, and the altar is adorned with four fine paintings. The living is a vicarage, value £390 per annum, in the patronage of J.S. Harford, Esq., and trustees." [Extract from Webster & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of the City of Bristol, and County of Glamorgan, 1865]

Sadly, it was one of the many of Bristol's medieval churches which were bombed during WWII. The ruins are now managed by English Heritage.

It was situated outside the City Walls, as shown on the Bristol Town Plan of of 1884-1885. The Map also shows that it had a very large graveyard, by then disused, having been closed, one might imagine, by the requirements of the 1853 Burial Act; however parish registers cover the periods 1559-1902 (baptisms), 1558-1940 (marriages), and burials from 1559 to as late as 1877, which is curious, to say the least.


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 ST5932572733. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 6 Jun 2013 at 15:42.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 16:35:15 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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