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Westbury on Trym Baptist Church, Westbury on Trym
Westbury on Trym Baptist Church (link to Church's website)
Reedley Road / Brainsfield, BS9 3TD,
Westbury on Trym, 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 1947, and we understand it is still open.

Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website, records that Westbury on Trym's Baptist Church was founded in 1947 as a mission from Tyndale Baptist, in Whiteladies Road.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 17th August 1948 (p.4590) indicates its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named WESTBURY-ON-TRYM BAPTIST CHURCH situated at Reedley Road, Westbury-on-Trym in Bristol registration district in the county borough of Bristol was on the 10th August 1948, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will IV, c 85. Dated 12th August 1948.

Almost a century earlier, the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/5/1/7) recorded a Baptist Chapel, erected in Westbury on Trym in 1846 as a "separate and entire" building, used exclusively as a place of worship, with "No School". There was free seating for 120, and 110 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was "abt 200" overall. The return was signed by W. Howell, as Enumerator, in what looks like a different hand, so presumably the form had been unacknowledged by its originator.

The Chapel is then known to have been taken over by a group of Wesleyan Reformers in the 1850s, which seems rather curious, as obviously it had been well attended. Nevertheless there appears to have been no continuity between this Chapel, and the next, first shown on Old Maps of Westbury in 1953, on the site of the present church. This building was, apparently a replacement for the earlier building, since a further notice in the Gazette of 21st November 1952 (p.6155) indicates it was, on 11th November 1952, registered for marriages in place of a building of the same name and address.

Evidently, therefore, the present building is the third on the site, as Phil Draper records that it was built in 1967 - "a competent modern suburban church".

Denomination

Now or formerly Baptist.

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 ST5677076558. 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 9 Feb 2014 at 14:39.

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