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Clouds Hill Baptist Church, St George, Bristol
Clouds Hill Baptist Church   [no longer registered]
Clouds Hill Road,
St George, Bristol, 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 1831, but we understand it was closed in 1932, and the premises are now in secular use.

Old Maps of 1888 label this Chapel as Particular Baptist. Its congregation was founded in 1829, and was served by ministers from Broadmead and Hanham Baptist. The Chapel was erected in 1830/1 close to the north-east corner of the junction of Clouds Hill Road and Plummer's Hill, on land purchased from a Mr. Plummer of Newchurch, Clouds Hill.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/3/1/5) for "Baptist Chapel, Newchurch", describes a separate building, erected in 1831, exclusively as a place of worship, with free seating for 160, and 85 "other" sittings. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 35 to morning service, and 125 in the evening, with 71 Sunday Scholars to morning class, and 166 attending an afternoon class. The return was completed by Charles Waring Wood, the Pastor, of "Redfield House Lodge, Redfield, St Georges". He gave additional figures for average attendance, mentioning also that there was additional preaching on Wednesday evenings, attended by 25 people, "also on Sabbath Mornings before Breakfast" and there is a Library well appreciated by the Scholars". [Note: "Newchurch" was a reference to the (relatively) newly built St George's Church - the name can be seen on Tithe Maps of 1840s on what is now Summerhill Road].

After the building was closed for repairs around 1871, the congregation sought new premises. A building in Air Balloon Road was hired, laying the foundation for Mount Pleasant Chapel, which opened in 1872. It is not clear when some members of the congregation moved back to the Clouds Hill Road premises, but certainly by 1905, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 6th June 1905 (p.4050) indicates:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named BAPTIST CHAPEL, situated at Cloudshill-road, St. George, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, in Bristol registration district, was, on the 31st May, 1905, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 1st June 1905.

It was ultimately superseded by a new building, built on the opposite side of Clouds Hill Road, facing Summerhill Road, which opened in 1932. The old premises were acquired by the Bristol Education Authority, and are now part of Summerhill School.

The above, excluding details from the Gazette, and Religious Census, summarises a more comprehensive account on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website.

Denomination

Now or formerly Particular 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 was located at OS grid reference ST6247473703. 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 24 Mar 2014 at 14:33.

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