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Stapleton Road Chapel, Easton, Bristol
Stapleton Road Chapel (link to Chapel's website)
Stapleton Road / Newton Street, BS5 0QZ,
Easton, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Chapel 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 1867, and we understand it is still open.

The full title of this place of worship, as written on the board outside the church is "The Congregational Centre, Stapleton Road Chapel". It is unusual in more ways than one. Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website describes it as a "large Bristol Byzantine building... rather an original work". He also points out it has retained its Congregational roots, and did not join the United Reformed Church.

It has a 3 bay front - the central bay having a group of three entrance archways, the central one wider than the others, and split into two. Above this is a Venetian style window. The clock, above the window, is an unusual feature. It has only quarter-hour divisions, and the legend on the clock face - "Time to Seek the Lord". The sides are of 6 bays, and there is a large Sunday School block at the rear.

It is shown on Bristol Town Maps of 1885 as having seating for 1000. Phil says it dates from 1867. This is confirmed by the Congregational Federation website. Coincidentally, perhaps, John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), records that the "Goodhind estate", near Stapleton Road, was sold in building lots during the autumn of that year.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 25th February 1873 (p.796):

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Stapleton-road Chapel, situated at Stapleton-road, St. Philip and Jacob, in the county of Gloucester, in the district of Clifton, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 19th day of February, 1873, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 80. Dated 20th February 1873.

A similar notice for the "Congregational School Rooms, situate at Newton-street, Stapleton-road, in the parish of St. Philip and Jacob, in the city and county of Bristol", had been published on 17th December 1869 (p.7146) - so seemingly their building was completed before that of the main Chapel!

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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference ST6010773597. 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 15 Mar 2014 at 13:52.

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This Report was created 20 Oct 2017 - 23:27:07 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 30 Aug 2017 at 16:10.

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