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Whiteshill Evangelical Church, Whiteshill, Winterbourne
Whiteshill Evangelical Church (link to Church's website)
Bristol Road, BS16 1SD,
Whiteshill, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church does NOT have 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 1816, and we understand it is still open.

This place of worship is listed in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) under 'Winterbourne' as a Congregational Chapel. Their account lists it as "half-hipped roof behind swept parapet; three-bay front with round-arched windows". It is of red stone, highlighted around the windows, and at the corners with a cream coloured facing. There is a most unusual central doorway, above which is a very prominent plaque in matching cream, dated '1816'. A small extension on the right has 'Whiteshill Evangelical Church' in embossed letters. 'Whiteshill Day School' was built behind the building.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/6/2/7) for "Whiteshill Chapel" in the parish of "St John the Baptist, part of Winterbourne" confirms a date of 1816 for erection of a separate building used exclusively as a place of worship for an "Independent" congregation. There was no mention of how many seats it had, but the estimated congregation to morning service on March 30 was 120, with 200 in the evening. The return was completed by Moses Young, its Deacon. His address was "Hambrook Nr Bristol". There is no mention of a Sunday School.

Curiously, on the first Old Map to show the Chapel, it is recorded as "Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan)", and the school, for "Boys & Girls" had then been built. According to A History of Winterbourne by H.W.N. Ludwell (1972) on the Winterbourne - South Gloucestershire website, this was in 1861.

Maps after 1902-1903 record it as "Congregational", and in 1971 as "Whiteshill Hambrook Congregational Church". It is listed in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) with a congregation of 'Independents'.

The Church looks out onto Whiteshill Common, where there is Winterbourne civil parish War Memorial, and a small car park. None of the Old Maps mark a graveyard, though it has the appearance of having had one, at the front of the building.

Denomination

Now or formerly Congregational/Evangelical.

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 Church is located at OS grid reference ST6447379277. 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 10 May 2013 at 15:22.

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This Report was created 27 Jul 2017 - 18:43:22 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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