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Evangel Mission Hall, Kingswood, Bristol
Evangel Mission Hall,
King Street, BS15 1DL,
Kingswood, 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 1881, and we understand it is still open.

The Evangel Mission Hall is recorded in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) with an address of "Two Mile Hill", and a congregation belonging to "Evangel Mission". It is situated between 21A and 23 King Street (even numbers are on the opposite side of the road). It is shown for the first time (as a "Mission Hall") on Old Maps of 1903-1904 - not on the earlier Maps of 1882-1888, when only the end of King Street nearest to Two Mile Hill had been developed.

Another clue to its origins may be found on the Brass Band Results website, which records its Silver Band as active from 1881. The Band, known variously as "Kingswood Evangelical Silver Prize", "Kingswood Evangelist", "Kingswood Evangel Mission", "Kingswood Evangel Silver", and "Kingswood Evangel Silver Mission", is recorded as having taken place in competitions between 1905 and 1963, mainly in the West of England, but also for several years between 1906 and 1926, at Crystal Palace.

The Bristol preacher "fiery evangelist Robert Bateman" was also associated with the Mission. He was born in Stapleton in 1859, and became a Baptist Minister at the age of 21. He later emigrated to America, where he founded the Central City Mission in Jacksonville, Florida. "But in 1912 he returned to Bristol to arrange a headstone for his mother's grave at the village of Downend... He ran a revival meeting at Kingswood's Evangel Mission Hall, and the Mission's brass band led a procession of 100 people which escorted him to Staple Hill station when he left".

The ship he was on his way to board was the ill-fated Titanic. "The movies and books about the Titanic end with death... Robert Bateman, until his last breath, carried people to life" - he conducted the remaining passengers in singing Abide With Me as the ship went down - for further details, and a photograph of "Uncle Bob", see Paul Townsend's Flikr website.

Denomination

Now or formerly Evangel Mission.

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 ST6380173902. 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 5 Feb 2014 at 10:45.

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