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

Sept 2020 COVID-19 update

3 September 2020 This week we officially reopen our buildings to staff and tutors, and look forward to welcoming our new students for a modified Welcome Week from 12 September. We want to uphold the quality of the formation and education we provide, while operating within the parameters of what is safe and healthy, with […]

New book from Trinity alumnus on the Church of England and racism

An Anglican priest based in Manchester, Revd A.D.A. France-Williams is the author of Ghost Ship: Institutional Racism and the Church of England, which is available beginning today from SCM Press. Below he shares some thoughts about an ambiguity that exists in the country and the church for its black and minority ethnic members. So there […]

Giving a night a week to learn more about God

Having tried my hardest to give up RE GCSE at school I never would have predicted I’d end up studying theology, ministry and mission at university level, but God had other plans.

Telling the stories of God’s faithfulness

Our family would not be at Trinity College Bristol today, where Justin has been teaching Christian doctrine for eight years and I’ve helped with the college’s communications work for five, apart from the faithfulness of God. As I’ve watched the world shift under all our feet, it helps me to remember that. In Joshua 4, […]