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Bristol New Church (formerly Immanuel Church), Redland, Bristol
Bristol New Church (formerly Immanuel Church),
Cranbrook Road / Kersteman Road,
Redland, Bristol, 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 1899, and we understand it is still open.

The Swedenborgian Church was founded by followers of the philosophy and spiritual teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. He was born in Stockholm in 1688, and during the latter part of his life engaged in an 'inner journey', during which he wrote various theological texts seeking to reinterpret the Scriptures. This was prompted by a vision of Christ, which he had whilst dining in a London inn in 1745, in which he was appointed by Christ to reveal the spiritual meaning of the Bible. He died in London in 1772, and in the following decade, followers of his works began meetings in London, and thus the first congregation was born.

The Bristol Society, according to Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website, was founded in 1792. Their first permanent building was in Terrell Street, for which see elsewhere in this database. When it was closed for the redevelopment of its site by the Bristol Royal Infirmary, a new building was erected in Cranbrook Road, on the south east corner of its junction with Kersteman Road. Until 1921, it was called "Immanuel Church".

It is a rectangular building, with sides of four bays separated by small buttresses, each containing a pair of tall pointed-arched windows with horizontal glazing bars. The front has a porch-extension added in the 1960s, above which is a single pointed-arched window with 3 lights, and a cross at the apex.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 11th May 1900 (p.3010/11) records its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named New Church Lecture Hall, situated at Cranbrook-road, Redland, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, in the registration district of Bristol, being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religious worship, was on the fourth day of May, 1900, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, c.85, being substituted for the New Jerusalem Church, Terrell-street, St. James, Bristol, now disused. Dated 4th May 1900.

The official name of the Swedenborgian Church is the 'General Church of the New Jerusalem', or more commonly, the New Church. The Bristol building has just a small congregation, and today the premises are shared with the Celtic Catholic Church. For further information see Paul Townsend's Photographic Archive of Redland & Montpelier.

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 Church is located at OS grid reference ST5858375087. 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 21 Jul 2013 at 15:41.

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This Report was created 19 Aug 2017 - 12:19:25 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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