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St Alban's Mission Church (now Sanctuary Carr-Gomm), St George, Bristol
St Alban's Mission Church (now Sanctuary Carr-Gomm)   [no longer consecrated]
Kensington 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 before 1914, but we understand it was closed by 1945, and the premises are now in secular use.

Kensington Road is lined with rowan trees, and at the time of the September 2012 Google StreetView drive-past, they were covered in red berries - it is a delightful setting for this former Mission Church. The building is of stone, having a large tri-partite window with pointed arches in front, above a central porch, approached by 3 steps. The sides are of 3 bays containing rectangular windows, with the front bay having an extra tier above of dormers.

There is a listing in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) of "Whiteway Pentecostal Church", with an address of "Stoney Hill, Kensington Road"; and a corresponding notice in The London Gazette of 20th March 1945 (p.1514):

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named WHITEWAY PENTECOSTAL CHURCH situated at Stoney Hill, Kensington Road, St. George, in Bristol registration district in the county borough of Bristol was on the 13th March 1945, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV., c.85. Dated 16th March 1945.

I suspect this congregation, recorded as "Undenominational" in the aforesaid list, met in the building when it was no longer required by the Church of England, as there appears to have been nowhere else in Kensington Road which would qualify, and it was still labelled as "Church" on Old Maps of 1951. The question then arises as to where "Stoney Hill" was, as there is no longer a street of that name off Kensington Road. Perhaps it was planned, but never laid out, or a reference to a presently unmade driveway adjacent to the building.

Evidently the Whiteway Pentecostal Church closed, as in the present day (2014), the same building is in use by a secular organisation - Sanctuary Carr-Gomm, listed in Bristol City Council Housing Support Register and Guidance Directory for 2011 under "Mental Health Floating Support Services".

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

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 ST6314673773. 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 26 Mar 2014 at 12:19.

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This Report was created 9 Oct 2017 - 12:51:16 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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