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Frenchay Chapel, Frenchay
Frenchay Chapel (link to Chapel's website)
Beckspool Road, Frenchay Common, BS16 1ND,
Frenchay, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

This Chapel has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1704, and we understand it is still open.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) traces the origins of this chapel's congregation to 1704, when a house in Frenchay was registered for the use of Presbyterians. A further certificate was issued in January 1724 for a house in Winterbourne, and in June that year, the house of Robert Abbotts in Hambrooke was recorded. The chapel, they believe was built in the early 18th century, the tower probably added at a later date, based the age of the bell, which was given to the church by R. Allbright in 1752. The bell was recast in 1836, but sadly, it was stolen about 1970. The church had been closed by its congregation a few years earlier (about 1964), but it was reopened in 1980 "after protracted repairs".

At the time of the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/6/4/15) it was described as "English Presbyterian Meeting House or Chapel", in "Frenchay, part of the parish of Winterbourne", with a congregation of "Unitarian Christians". It was a separate building erected "before 1800", and used exclusively as a place of worship. There were 100 free, and 90 "other" sittings, with an estimated congregation on March 30 of 50 in the morning and 76 in the evening, and 44 Sunday Scholars to morning class. The return was completed by its Minister Saml. Walker, who lived at Cotham New Road, Bristol.

It is an attractive Chapel, of which there are photographs, and a further description on Phil Draper's webpage of Bristol's Unitarian Churches. His account mentions a weather vane representing of Haley's comet, and - the most famous feature of the chapel - the Burial stone, which was laid on newly dug graves to stop body snatchers recovering bodies for Bristol surgeons.

Beckspool Road overlooks Frenchay Common. "Frenchay Chapel" is listed in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) as parish of Winterbourne, with a congregation of "Protestant Dissenters".

Denomination

Now or formerly Presbyterian/Unitarian.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Chapel is located at OS grid reference ST6397377591. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 6 May 2013 at 15:04.

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This Report was created 21 Jul 2017 - 22:27:59 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jul 2017 at 10:50.

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