Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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David Thomas Memorial Church, St Andrew, Bristol
David Thomas Memorial Church,
Belmont Road,
St Andrew, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church 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 1981.

Phil Draper's account of Congregational Churches on his ChurchCrawler website records that the Daniel Thomas Memorial Church was founded in memory of a minister at Highbury Chapel. It was designed by architect Stuart Coleman, and built 1879-80.

Phil's account says it was closed in 1981, but the following notice in The London Gazette of 22nd June 1983 (p.8263) records it two years later. I suspect this delay in the "system" may be more typical than could be hoped for when trying to establish a precise date!

The Registrar General, being satisfied that DAVID THOMAS MEMORIAL CHURCH, Belmont Road, St. Andrews Park, Bristol in the registration district of Bristol in the Non-Metropolitan County of Avon is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 29th January 1889 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1836 has cancelled the registration. Dated 10th June 1983.

It has since been converted into flats ("David Thomas House"). The rear of the building, seen from Effingham Road, looks decidedly modern, but to the developers' credit, the west front, and steeple at the south-west corner have been retained, also - seemingly - the building's "footprint", so one can get an idea of how large it really was.

There is a photograph taken in 2008 of David Thomas House on the Geograph website, from Belmont Street showing the preserved west front, and tall steeple. Presumably this would have been the main entrance originally, but vehicular access is now via Effingham Road, possibly leading to this also being its postal address.

The above-mentioned page also provides the information that the Rev. David Thomas was born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1811, and died in 1875.

Denomination

Now or formerly Congregational.

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 was located at OS grid reference ST5910774880. 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 31 Dec 2013 at 14:33.

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