Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Salem Methodist Church (now Bethel United Church), Redfield, Bristol
Salem Methodist Church (now Bethel United Church),
254 Church Road / Salisbury Street,
Redfield, 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 1904, but we understand it was closed by 1965.

This is an interesting building. It appears to have a three-bay front, with a taller central bay, containing a double-arched doorway above which is a pair of "gothic" windows. However, the side bays are in fact integral towers, with small windows and castellated tops, crowned with a decorative fleche. The sides are of 6 bays, with 2 tiers of windows.

Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website, which includes a photograph, says it dates from 1904. He says that since its recent restoration the "dachreiter" (fleche) have been removed, but so far as I can see on a Google StreetView image of June 2012, they are still there. He also notes that the interior is little changed with galleries on three sides.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 8th October 1965 (p.9402) recorded its closure:

The Registrar General, being satisfied that SALEM CHAPEL, Church Road, St. George in the registration district of Bristol in the county borough of Bristol is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 2nd August 1905, registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1836, has cancelled the registration. Dated 1st October 1965.

After its closure, its congregation united with that of Clouds Hill Methodist, which then adopted the name of St George Methodist Church; and the premises are now (2014) the home of Bethel United Church, with a Pentecostal congregation. As "BETHEL UNITED CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST (APOSTOLIC)", its registration for marriages was published in the Gazette of 26th July 1966 (p.8398).

Denomination

Now or formerly Primitive 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 Church was located at OS grid reference ST6202373514. 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 27 Mar 2014 at 09:11.

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