St Werburgh's Church, Bristol

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St Werburgh's Church, Bristol
St Werburgh's Church, Bristol is located in Bristol
St Werburgh's Church, Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or city Bristol
Country England
Coordinates 51°28′18″N 2°34′35″W / 51.4717°N 2.5764°W / 51.4717; -2.5764
Construction started 1759
Completed revised in 1879

St Werburgh's Church, Bristol, is a former church, now a climbing centre in the St Werburghs area of central north-east Bristol, England.

The area became known as St Werburghs when the church was relocated from Corn Street to Mina Road in 1879. It is now a Climbing Centre run by Undercover Rock, where it houses a balcony café and rock walls, and has surrounding grounds.


The original church of St Werburgh, of medieval origin stood in Corn Street in Bristol. It's been suggested that the dedication to an Anglo-Saxon princess, St Werburgh, could give the church a pre-Conquest foundation.[1] It was rebuilt by James Bridges in 1758, and demolished in 1877.

The church was removed from Corn Street because it caused the road to narrow, and larger horse-drawn carriages were causing congestion. The stone was transported across the city by horse-drawn vehicles. Parts of the original building were re-used in the construction of the new church, which celebrated its centenary in September 1979.

The present building was then constructed in Mina Road, using some materials from old church, by the architect John Bevan. It is built of ashlar limestone in a Perpendicular Gothic Revival style, with an aisled nave and chancel, west porch and south-west tower.[2]

The church held its last service on Remembrance Sunday in 1988,[3] after which it was de-consecrated and converted into an indoor climbing centre.

It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.[2]


  1. ^ D Walker, Bristol in the Early Middle Ages, University of Bristol (Bristol branch of the Historical Association), 1971, p. 6
  2. ^ a b English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (380002)". Images of England. 
  3. ^ St Werburghs News – 25 years today since St Werburghs Church closed its doors

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