Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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The Salvation Army, Kingswood Corps & Hall, Kingswood, Bristol
The Salvation Army, Kingswood Corps & Hall (link to Church's website)
266 Two Mile Hill Road / Kennard Road, BS15 1AT,
Kingswood, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


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 1879, and we understand it is still open.

The advent of the Salvation Army in Bristol was described by John Latimer in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) - "a new religious denomination styled the Salvation Army, founded by a person styling himself "General" Booth, rose into notoriety during the summer, and gained many adherents amongst the poorer classes. An old circus near North Street was hired by the local leaders, and opened as a chapel on the 21st of August [1880]".

The building in Kingswood has a datestone of 1879. It is built of dark stone, with lighter stone dressings at the corners and around windows. On either side of the round-arched central doorway are two tall round-arched windows with radial glazing. On the right is a smaller building, of a similar design, which has the appearance of having once been a Sunday School. This was indeed the case, according to Old Maps of 1882-1881, where the two buildings are labelled as "Gospel Hall", and "Sunday School".

According to the leaflet South Gloucestershire Nonconformist Heritage Trail (PTE050151.pdf) available on the South Gloucestershire Council website, the smaller building dates from 1841, and was built originally for the Primitive Methodists, but now (as of 2005) in use by the Salvation Army as a Hall. The Primitive Methodists were later to erect the larger "Bourne Chapel", on the corner of Two Mile Hill and Waters Road, which dates from 1873, so the building would have been available to the Salvation Army at the time they were building their own Hall.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 14th December 1951 (p.6536) records its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named SALVATION ARMY HALL situated at Two Mile Hill in Bristol registration distract in the county borough of Bristol was on the 6th December 1951, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949. Dated 10th December 1951.


Now or formerly Salvation Army.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference ST6411773864. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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 26 Jan 2014 at 10:13.

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