St Augustine the Less Church, Bristol

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St Augustine the Less Church
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Plate etching, showing on the left a ship's masts in Bristol Harbour and on the right, housing leading towards College Green and Bristol Cathedral
St Augustine the Less Church, Bristol is located in Bristol
St Augustine the Less Church, Bristol
Location within Bristol
General information
Town or cityBristol
Coordinates51°27′08″N 2°35′56″W / 51.452105°N 2.598940°W / 51.452105; -2.598940Coordinates: 51°27′08″N 2°35′56″W / 51.452105°N 2.598940°W / 51.452105; -2.598940
Construction started13th century

St Augustine the Less was a Church of England parish church in Bristol, England, first attested in 1240,[1] rebuilt in 1480, damaged in 1940 by fire, and demolished in 1962. It took its name from its proximity to the church of the Abbey of St Augustine (St Augustine the Great), which is now Bristol Cathedral.

The parish was united with that of St George's Church, Brandon Hill, after the Second World War.[2] After demolition the site remained vacant until the early 1980s, when an archaeological investigation was undertaken before an extension to the Royal Hotel was built over it; over 100 burial vaults were discovered below the former church's floor, together with coins of various periods; the finds were deposited in the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.[3]


Parish records of St Augustine-the-Less church, Bristol are held at Bristol Archives (Ref. P.St Aug) (online catalogue) including baptism and marriage registers and one burial register. The archive also includes records of the incumbent from 1235-1938,[4] churchwardens, overseers of the poor, charities, schools, societies and vestry plus deeds.

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  1. ^ "Houses of Augustinian canons - the Abbey of St Augustine, Bristol". Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  2. ^ "Church of St Augustine-the-Less". Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  3. ^ E. J. Boore (1986). "The Church of St Augustine the Less, Bristol: an interim statement" (PDF). Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, volume 104, pages 211--214.
  4. ^ @BristolArchives (26 November 2016). "Astonishingly, we have a list of vicars at St Augustine-the-Less all the way from 1235 to 1938 … #explorearchives ^sb" (Tweet) – via Twitter.