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Bristol – St Catherine of Siena and St Thomas Aquinas (University Chaplaincy)

103 Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8

A small, low-key chapel of the 1960s, the street elevation faced in stone to blend with the university chaplaincy, to which it is attached. The chapel is not of architectural or historic interest, but the chaplaincy is a substantial listed property occupying a prominent position in the university quarter and conservation area. 

No. 103 Queen’s Road forms part of a group of historic buildings, of eighteenth and nineteenth-century date, which originally consisted of three houses. The building was (at least in part) formerly the vicarage of the nearby Anglican church of St Paul. In 1964 it was acquired and adapted by the Diocese of Clifton to serve as the university chaplaincy. A small chapel seating eighty was added to the back of a nineteenth-century part of the building, to the designs of Ivor Day & O’Brien of Bristol. 

The chapel is architecturally modest, comprising a low addition to the adjoining listed building, behind a screen wall of rusticated stonework. The canopied entrance is to one side in a slightly projecting bay, faced in ashlar. The interior is simple, roughly square on plan, with a low suspended ceiling over the nave and a slightly higher sanctuary area, where large windows with opaque glass provide side lighting. There are no furnishings that call for particular mention.  

Heritage Details

Architect: Ivor Day & O’Brien

Original Date: 1964

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed