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

COVID-19 update (Sept 2021)

Briefing for students  We are glad to confirm that we will once again be meeting in person in College from September and look forward very much to it. This briefing is intended to give us a common understanding of how to act to protect one another as we emerge out of national COVID restrictions.  Our […]

Operations Manager appointed – Alison Branston

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Branston as Trinity’s new Operations Manager. This role is a new senior role within the organisation that will allow us to grow and develop the college in new ways. We are shifting around the way our senior management structure works to facilitate this. The Ops Manager […]

Summer reads

We asked the faculty what are they reading this summer and what they would recommend. Here is what they said: Donna Lazenby: After Whiteness: an Education in Belonging, by Willie James Jennings A Promised Land – Barack’s Obama (autobiography) Jamie Davies: Macaskill, Grant. Living in Union with Christ: Paul’s Gospel and Christian Moral Identity (Baker […]

New reads: Joshua by David Firth

Our tutor in Old Testament David Firth’s new book “Joshua” is a commentary on Joshua aimed at those interested in the significance of the book in contemporary practice. Why Joshua? David was approached by the series editors to write this having known of his passion to better understand scripture and his experience with Joshua from having […]