Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Zion Methodist Chapel, Bedminster Down, Bristol
Zion Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Bishopsworth Road, BS13 7JW,
Bedminster Down, 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 1850, but we understand it was closed in 2008, and the premises are now in secular use.

Could this former Methodist Church have been the successor to Zion Primitive Methodist Chapel in Bedminster Down Road, listed on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website? Phil describes the latter as dating from 1850 - a "small classic building, now demolished", but makes no mention of a successor. The present building may be seen on Maps of the 1880s, in what was possibly then known as Bedminster Down Road, but there is no sign of any other Chapel. Interestingly, at the time, the major road of today, the A38, appears to have been little more than a footpath.

In comparison, the Chapel was probably of some importance. It is a rectangular building, with a central porch, on either side of which is a tall pointed-arched window split into 12 lights (4x3) with interlocking arched glazing bars filling in at the top. Above the porch is a large rose window, with 6 'petals', and above that, a date plaque, which (as far as I can tell) reads "Zion / Prim. Methodist / Chapel / Erected A.D. 18??". The date may be 1883, or 1888. The whole is finished in grey plaster, with brick dressings. A small house adjoins the building on the left (north side), and beyond that, a former Sunday School, built of red brick. The latter is known to have been used since 2010 for meetings of Bedminster Down Church, but has since been sold, and appears to be in independent private ownership. It is shown for the first time as a separate building on Maps of the early 1900s.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 4th June 1920 (p.6254) recorded the registration of Zion for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named ZION PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL, situated at Bedminster Down, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, in Bristol Registration District, was, on the twenty-eighth May, 1920, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th. Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 31st May 1920.

No corresponding notice of cancellation has been found, but the website of its present owners, the Zion Community Art Space, tells us that the last service took place in 2008. They purchased the building two years later, and today, "Zion", as it is now known, operates as "a 'not-for-profit' social enterprise", which as well as housing an Art Gallery also provides a Cafe, Food Market, and rooms for hire - so serving the community once again, albeit in a secular fashion.

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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST5744069939. 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 5 Aug 2014 at 10:44.

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