Our history

Trinity College Bristol is located on a nine-acre site in northwest Bristol in the United Kingdom.

The college’s main building, Stoke House, was completed in 1669 for British merchant, Bristol mayor, and Member of Parliament Sir Robert Cann. Pictured below is a view of Stoke House painted by Joseph Mallord William Turner in 1791 of himself and three friends on the lawn.

 
The building was first used for theological education in 1932, when it became home to Clifton Theological College. On 1 January 1972, three Bristol theological colleges merged to form one college. Clifton Theological College merged with Tyndale Hall and the women’s college Dalton House to form Trinity College.

Pictured below are the students and staff of the newly formed Trinity College in 1972. In the front row (middle) is Trinity’s first principal, Alec Motyer, with Associate Principal JI Packer to his left, Dean of Women Joyce Baldwin to his right, and Dean Gervais Angel to Joyce’s right.

 
Over time, Stoke House’s former orangery became the college chapel. The ballroom, an extension to the original house, became the library. Modern additions to the grounds include the Carter building for single and commuter students, the Clifton building with studies and smaller lecture rooms, the student common room, the dining room, the main lecture rooms, our day nursery, and Henry Martyn House, which is equipped for virtual seminars as well as guest accommodation.

Trinity offers on-site accommodation for single students and college flats and houses off-site for couples and families. We also offer guest rooms for visitors.

We want Christ’s kingdom values to permeate every area of our lives, affecting how we live and work each day, how we learn more of God, and how we lead his people. Our students partake in a warm, vibrant community, which includes support for student spouses, an Ofsted-registered day nursery, and regular times for prayer, Eucharist, and meals together. You can read more about our vision and values here.

We offer undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate study options, including a certificate, diploma, BA (Hons), graduate diploma, postgraduate diploma, MA, and PhD accredited through Durham University and Aberdeen University. You can read more about our programmes here.

Latest blog posts

Helen Johnson to become a permanent member of faculty

We are pleased to be able to share the news that Helen Johnson, who has been with us this year on secondment as an interim Formation Tutor, will be becoming a permanent member of the team as Pastoral and Formation Tutor (part-time). Not only are we pleased that she will be joining us permanently, but […]

COVID-19 update (May 2021)

Following the government announcement on Monday night we are thrilled to welcome back onsite those who wish to be present for the final two weeks of term! To go from not seeing anyone to suddenly being with lots of other people at once is a big change and there will be a range of reactions […]

A farewell to Dr Justin Stratis

This spring is the last one Trinity will have to explore the Stratisphere, linking Bonhoeffer to 80’s action hero MacGyver while trying to figure out who makes the best chicken wings. After 9 years with us, our much-loved Dr Justin Stratis, Director of Postgraduate Research and Tutor in Christian Doctrine, moves to Canada this summer to join Wycliffe College in Toronto as their new Professor of […]

An interview with Donna Lazenby

We got Sean and Donna in the room to have a chat so we could get to know Donna a little better as she started with us this week.