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Ebenezer Chapel, Watleys End, Winterbourne
Ebenezer Chapel,
Court Road,
Watleys End, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

This Chapel 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 1868, but we understand it was closed before 1974.

This Chapel is described in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) with walls of coursed rubble, with Bath stone dressings and a patent tiled-roof. The gabled front has a tablet inscribed 'Ebenezer Chapel 1868' above a later porch. Also mentioned is that it was no longer in regular use by 1974. This may well still be true, but at the time of the Google StreetCar drive-past (2009) it was looking very smart, and there was a green wheelie-bin in the driveway, with "Ebenezer Chapel" written on it in white letters. The graveyard out front was also well tended, as if it was still in use; and it was still listed in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) as belonging to the Methodist Church.

The photograph in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) shows a central porch with 2 round headed windows on either side, and similar windows in the side walls, and there was a church notice board outside. There was no notice board in 2009, and the front of the building was partially covered by a virginia creeper, but the porch and the windows were the same.

The foundation for a chapel at Watley's End was laid in 1787, when John Wesley preached here, and a certificate was issued for "The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Watleys End" in 1796. The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/6/4/17) describes a place of worship called "Ebenezar" in Winterbourne parish in a building which was "previously a Dwelling house but converted into a chapel in the year 1851" for a congregation of "Wesleyan Methodist Reform" worshippers. It was a separate building used exclusively for worship, with free seating for 72, 36 "other" sittings, and no standing room. There were an estimated 56 worshippers at morning service on March 30, and 100 in the evening. The return was completed by the Chapel Steward George Lewton, who was also a Clock Maker, living in "Winterbourne near Bristol".

More information about the transformation of the Dwelling House, and erection of the present building is available in A History of Winterbourne by H.W.N. Ludwell (1972) on the Winterbourne - South Gloucestershire website.

Denomination

Now or formerly Free Methodist.

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 was located at OS grid reference ST6594181445. 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 8 May 2013 at 14:58.

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