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Frenchay Unitarian Chapel, Frenchay Common

Frenchay Unitarian Chapel, Frenchay Common, Beckspool Road, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1ND View on map

Early fabric of building c1691, when dissenting congregations sprang up after the Act of Toleration. Tower added c1720, topped by a weather vane in the shape of Halley's comet. Interesting gravestones include a Bodysnatchers Stone and the Hobbs family vault. Connections to Joseph Priestly and (John) Frederick Maurice, and through the latter Lewis Carroll.


Opening Arrangements

Sundays: 11am - 1pm except every second Sunday: 12noon - 4pm. Also open 11am - 4pm for the Frenchay Annual Flower show and open for other events as advertised. At other times by arrangement.

Admission Charges

  • Other Charges: Donations welcome


M4 junction 19, M32 then Bristol Link road, 5 miles north of Bristol city centre in Frenchay village, next to former Frenchay Hospital, opposite the common. Rail: Bristol Parkway (approximately 3 miles). Bus: Nos 4, 319, 312, 327, 318, 329, 517, 518 and 626 stop at the end of Beckspool Road on Frenchay Park Road (½ mile walk).

Parking Spaces


Adjacent one parking space for disabled badge holders only. On-street parking nearby.

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes