Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Crews Hole, Bristol
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Crews Hole Road,
Crews Hole, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Chapel 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 before 1851, but we understand it was closed after 1918, and the premises are now in secular use.

Much to my surprise, this former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, marked on Old Maps from 1888 to 1917-1918, is still in existence. It is a small building, of stone, with 2 tall round-arched windows in the side facing the road, and a pantile roof. In the present day, it has the appearance of being converted into domestic occupation, as it looks to have an integral garage, but Maps of 1950-1951 label the site as "Engineering Works", and a sign on one side of it, as seen on a Google StreetView image of 2012, announces "K.P.G." (Kelston Precision Gears Ltd).

Whilst the date of its formal opening is unknown, the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/3/1/10) for a Wesleyan Chapel in Crews Hole may be of relevance. The return does not give a date of opening of the building, nor of the number of seats available, but it does state it was used exclusively as a place of worship, although "the Chapel have been closed this last 4 Months in consequence of the numerous Expulsions in the Wesleyan connexion but the Sunday School is still held in the Chapel". The return was completed by Edwd. Lawrence, its Steward, of "Crews Hole, St George, Bristol".

Assuming this relates to the same place of worship, evidently it remained "open" for some years afterwards, closing, perhaps in the 1930s, after the union of Wesleyan Methodist with Primitive and United Methodist Churches, to form the Methodist Church of Great Britain in 1932. Any remaining congregation could then have joined the "Reformers" - who may have been responsible for the foundation of the nearby former United Methodist Church on the corner of the junction of Crews Hill Road with Trooper's Hill, which remained open until 1988.

Denomination

Now or formerly Wesleyan Methodist.

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 was located at OS grid reference ST6262373063. 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 25 Mar 2014 at 12:13.

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