St Vincent de Paul (R.C.)



Shares a grassed open space with the anglican St Stephen but sadly to date I have not managed to get inside to take pictures, my last successful visit was in 1979. Therefore I am indebted to Bristol photographer Deborah Weinreb for taking these interior pictures for use on this site.

With the large increase in house building on the Southmead estate after 1945, the need of catholics for their own church increased. Prior to this they either went to mass at the Sacred Heart at Westbury on Trym or to St Teresa at Filton. The site for the church was purchased in 1953 and the church completed in 1955. It is fairly typical of its date and the architect was Kenneth Nealon. Four-bayed nave with passage aisles and a baptistry with apsidal end at the (ritual) SW corner. Tall campanile with a single bell and surmounted by a large cross.

Page updated with interior photos 15th June 2008

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