Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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New Jerusalem Chapel (Demolished), St James, Bristol
New Jerusalem Chapel (Demolished),
Terrell Street / Lower Bedford Street,
St James, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Chapel did 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 1878, but we understand it was closed in 1899.

Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website has provided a comprehensive account of the places of worship belonging to "The Bristol Society of the Swedenborgian or New Church", which was founded in 1792. The building which opened in Terrell Street on 7th April 1878, was their 4th, or maybe 5th building in the city. "It was built of iron, with small gothic windows", and after some years received a stone facade.

According to Ashmead's Maps of Bristol of 1874, an "Iron Church" was in existence by then. The Bristol Town Plans of 1884-1885 show more detail - a rectangular building, entered from Terrell Street, surrounded on 2 sides by what were probably the grounds of Camden House. It adjoined Beaufort House, which had a comparable "green" area surrounding it. It would seem as though the plot was taken out of the Camden House grounds.

In later years, Camden House and Beaufort House were combined into one building - "Beaufort House" - to become the Nurses' Home for Bristol Royal Infirmary. It has survived to the present day, totally surrounded by the ever-expanding Bristol Royal Infirmary complex. The B.R.I. bought the Chapel site in 1898, but "allowed services to continue there until the church was reprovided". The new church, still open in the present day, was built in Cranbrook Road, Bishopston; its first service being held on Christmas Day 1899.

Beaufort House and Camden House are believed to have been built in the early 1800s - "the configuration of the building (i.e. double bow-fronted) was considered typical of Regency/early Victorian period architecture". [Source: "Beaufort House and Nos 7-10 Bedford Row" (Archive 2011) on the Bristol & Region Archaeological Service website]

Denomination

Now or formerly Swedenborgian.

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 ST5861973464. 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 20 Jul 2013 at 14:43.

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This Report was created 26 Jul 2017 - 17:41:46 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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