Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Victoria Park Baptist Chapel, Victoria Park, Bristol
Victoria Park Baptist Chapel (link to Chapel's website)
Maidstone Street / St John's Lane / Water Lane,
Victoria Park, 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 by 1903, but we understand it was closed in 1929, and the premises are now in secular use.

The former Victoria Park Baptist Chapel is first shown on Old Maps of 1903-1904, situated on the north side of St John's Lane, in between its junctions with Water Lane, and Maidstone Street; and first noted in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1914.

Its appearance today is of a substantial building, seemingly larger than the building the congregation were later to transfer to further down the road, but this impression may be deceptive, as the extensions to the sides may be modern, and part of its conversion into apartments. Its appearance as a place of worship has nevertheless been retained. The centre bay of the front has a large round-arched central window (now blocked) above the entrance doorway, with matching arches above smaller windows either side. The rounded arches are mirrored in brickwork on the side "bays", giving a unified look to the whole.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 10th December 1918 (p.14594) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named VICTORIA PARK BAPTIST CHAPEL, situated at St. John's-lane, Victoria Park, Bedminster, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, in Bristol registration district, was, on the sixth December, 1918, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 9th December 1918.

A similar notice, recording the registration of the new building - "being substituted for the Building named Victoria Park Baptist Chapel, situated at St. Johns-lane, Victoria Park" - was published in the Gazette of 13th December 1929 (p.8124).

Denomination

Now or formerly Baptist.

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 ST5959071232. 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 21 Aug 2014 at 15:11.

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