Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Grenville Methodist Chapel, Hotwells, Bristol
Grenville Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Oldfield Place,
Hotwells, 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 in 1839, but we understand it was closed before 1954, and the premises are now in secular use.

Here is an early 19th century Wesleyan Methodist "plant", recorded on the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/1/1/8) as "Grenville Place Chapel", in the parish of Clifton. It was erected in 1839 as a separate building used exclusively as a place of worship, and had free sittings for 458, 257 "other" sittings, and standing room for 100. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 130 at morning service, and 150 in the evening, in comparison with an average congregation of 200 in the morning and 250 in the evening, with 60 Sunday Scholars. The return was completed by John C. Pengelly, who described himself as "Minister of King St. Chapel in Bristol & of the above-named Place of Worship". His address was stated to be "4 Polygon, Clifton". He remarked that "the Anniversary Services of some popular Institutions were held on Sunday Mar 30th in the neighbourhood and the number attending divine service was less than usual".

The building is situated on the north-east corner of the junction of what was then known as Grenville Place with Little Caroline Place. It appeared that one side of the road was known as "Grenville Place", and the other as "Oldfield Place" - now both are known as Oldfield Place.

Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website notes that it was funded by Thomas Whippie, "a member of the Church of England, who had sympathies with all evangelical groups".

Seemingly it was closed by 1954, as Old Maps of that year label the building as "Warehouse". Since then, it has been converted into flats, according to Phil, without too much exterior alteration, whilst retaining 3 tall arches at the east end.

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 ST5696772454. 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 28 May 2014 at 13:10.

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