Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Moravian Chapel (Kingswood United Church), Kingswood, Bristol
Moravian Chapel (Kingswood United Church) (link to Chapel's website)
Moravian Road / Cecil Road,
Kingswood, Bristol, 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 about 1748, and we understand it is still open.

This Chapel was founded by John Cennick and his followers about 1748. Cennick was initially a disciple of John Wesley, and was appointed master of Wesley's Colliers' School Chapel in Kingswood in 1739. He left his post in 1741 and began a separate society based on Calvinistic principles, and with the support of George Whitefield, founded the Kingswood Tabernacle. He had a change of heart again about 1748, and, according to Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986), he and his followers were "dispossessed of the Tabernacle". They removed to temporary premises, then built a new chapel in 1756-7. This was "a plain building with two round-arched windows and a gabled porch at one side and a two-storied minister's house attached at one end".

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/327/2/2/19) for the "Moravian Chapel" at "Kingswood Hill" is for a place of worship erected in 1757 with free seating for 180. The average attendance to morning service was 43, with 68 in the afternoon, and there were 37, and 38 Sunday Scholars respectively. There was no service in the evenings. The return was completed by its Minister, Revd. Peter Cornelius West, whose address was "Kingswood Hill, Bristol".

This entry would of course refers to the first chapel. The present chapel was built shortly after this, in 1856-7, and comprises nave, transepts, and a south apse. In the burial ground are rectangular marker-stones of varied design dating from the 18th century; there are also other buildings in the grounds, one of which looks old, and may be the first chapel, perhaps in service as a church hall.

The congregation was joined in the 1980s by that of Kingswood's Whitefield Tabernacle, thus becoming Kingswood United Church.

Denomination

Now or formerly Moravian.

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 ST6484173779. 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 15 Jul 2013 at 15:04.

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