Church of Holy Trinity, Stapleton

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Church of Holy Trinity, Stapleton
Church of Holy Trinity, Stapleton is located in Bristol
Church of Holy Trinity, Stapleton
Shown within Bristol
Basic information
Location Bristol, England
Geographic coordinates 51°28′49″N 2°33′29″W / 51.480277°N 2.557951°W / 51.480277; -2.557951Coordinates: 51°28′49″N 2°33′29″W / 51.480277°N 2.557951°W / 51.480277; -2.557951
District Stapleton
Architectural description
Architect(s) John Norton
Architectural style Victorian Gothic
Completed 1857
Spire(s) 1
Spire height 52 m (170 ft)

The Church of Holy Trinity is an Anglican church on Bell Hill in Stapleton, Bristol, England. It has been designated as a grade II* listed building.[1][2]

It was built in 1857 by John Norton, in a gothic revival style,[2] with a spire which reaches 52 metres (171 ft). It is believed that a church has occupied this site for at least 500 years.[3] The rebuilding of the church was funded by James Henry Monk, Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol.[3] Pennant stone from the local Broom Hill quarry, was used in the construction, with Bath Stone dressings.[4] It has a three-bay chancel and five-bay nave.[2]

Inside the church is a font in the West porch dates from around 1000 AD.[3] There is also a Victorian ornate font with a cover, which was imported from another church.[3][5] The organ, by Vowles of Bristol was installed in the 1970s.[6] There is a stained glass window dating from 1887 which was made by Charles Eamer Kempe.[2] One of the other windows is a memorial to Captain Gore-Langton, the son of William Gore-Langton (1760–1847). who died at the Battle of Waterloo.[3]

In 2015 an appeal to raise £250,000 for repairs to the fabric of the building and the roof.[7] The state of the tower means that the six bells it holds may not be safe to ring.[8]

The parish is part of the benefice of Frenchay and Stapleton within the Diocese of Bristol.[9]

Black and white photograph from c.1930s showing the Church of Holy Trinity, Stapleton, Bristol, UK.The image shows an aerial view of the church from the north west, with the buildings of the surrounding settlement of Stapleton including fields, trees and allotments.


Parish records for Holy Trinity church, Stapleton, Bristol are held at Bristol Archives (Ref. P.HTS) (online catalogue) including baptism, marriage and burial registers. The archive also includes records of St Giles' church Begbrook, the incumbent, parochial church council, churchwardens, schools and societies.


  1. ^ "Church of Holy Trinity". Images of England. Retrieved 16 March 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Church of Holy Trinity". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Holy Trinity Church, Stapleton". St John Baptist Frenchay & Holy Trinity, Stapleton. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Holy Trinity Stapleton". Emporis Buildings. Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Holy Trinity, Stapleton". Church Crawler. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Holy Trinity, Stapleton". Bristol and District Organists Association. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Yong, Michael (10 July 2015). "Stapleton church appeals for Bristol's help to reach £250,000 for roof and tower repairs". Bristol Post. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Parish Profile St John the Baptist Church, Frenchay and Holy Trinity Church, Stapleton" (PDF). Diocese of Bristol. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Holy Trinity, Stapleton". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 

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