Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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John Millard Memorial Church, Bedminster, Bristol
John Millard Memorial Church   [no longer registered]
Chessel Street / Garnet Street,
Bedminster, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


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 1900, but we understand it was closed about 1968, and the premises are now in secular use.

The former John Millard Memorial Church is situated on the north-west corner of the junction of Chessel Street and Garnet Street. It is single storey, and of 4 bays, facing Garnet Street. Three of the bays have large 3-light windows with horizontal divides. The entrance doorway, and a smaller window occupy the fourth bay, and the upper part of all the windows are glazed with leaded lights.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 8th April 1921 (p.2815) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named JOHN MILLARD MEMORIAL CHAPEL, situated at Chessells-street, Bedminster, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, in Bristol registration district, was, on the second April, 1921, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 5th April 1921.

Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website records it as built in 1900, to a design by [Sir George] Oatley. A history of Hebron Chapel on the Welland Family History website comes to the rescue in establishing its dedication. John Millard is recorded as one of the founders and leaders of Hebron Chapel, which "in its heyday was noted for its outgoing and missionary zeal". The John Millard Memorial Chapel in "the Chessels" was one of its daughter Churches, as was Salem, in Trafalgar Terrace, Bedminster Down, and Ashton Gate Chapel in Greenway Bush Lane.

In Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 (in Garnet Street), it is listed as plain "United Methodist Free Church", but in the same publication of 1914 as "John Millard Memorial United Methodist Church". May one infer from this that it acquired its dedication in the intervening years?

No notice (in the Gazette) of the cancellation of its registration for marriages has been found, but the above account of Hebron's history suggests that it was closed about the same time as Hebron, that is, in 1968. Phil notes that at the time of his writing, it had been sold to the Boys & Girls Brigades and was used as their headquarters, and certainly in the present day it appears to be in secular use.


Now or formerly United 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.


This Church was located at OS grid reference ST5779071116. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Bedminster, Bristol, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 10 Aug 2014 at 14:52.

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This Report was created 22 Sep 2021 - 17:07:40 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 27 Mar 2021 at 10:54.

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