Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Morley Church (Demolished), Fishponds
Morley Church (Demolished),
Lodge Causeway / Mayfield Avenue / Ivy Lane,
Fishponds, 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 1889, but we understand it was closed in 1970.

This place of worship is shown on Old Maps of 1903 as a long narrow building adjacent to Mayfield Avenue, facing Lodge Causeway, with a Sunday School adjacent to Ivy Lane. By 1951-1952 it appears that the two buildings had been joined at the rear, to create a large, almost square building, occupying the whole block between Ivy Lane and Mayfield Avenue.

A block of apartments now occupies the site, named "Mayfield Court". It is built of red brick, to an elegant modern design, but with a decorative turret on top, having a conical 'roof' topped by a finial. One wonders whether this was part of the design, or a tribute to the Chapel that once stood on its footprint - there is a photograph on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website, and he poses the same question.

Phil records the Chapel was built in 1889 "and named after Samuel Morley M.P. for Bristol 1868-1885". He describes it as a cruciform building designed by Frank Wills "in his typical style with lancet windows", having a gallery inside, and seating for 400 people. By 1970 there were severe structural problems, so in the absence of funds for repairs, the building was closed, and its members joined Argyle Congregational Church (now Argyle Morley United Reformed Church), in Whitfield Road.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 19th January 1981 (p.766) formally recorded its closure:

The Registrar General, being satisfied that UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, formerly MORLEY MEMORIAL CHURCH, The Causeway, Fishponds, 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 11th April 1891 registered for marriages, in accordance with the Marriage Act 1836 has cancelled the registration. Dated 12th January 1981.

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 ST6345875042. 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 14 Feb 2014 at 13:50.

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