Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bethany Chapel, Ashton Gate, Bristol
Bethany Chapel   [no longer registered]
16 Bath Street,
Ashton Gate, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


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 1895, but we understand it was closed by 1982, and the premises are now in secular use.

This place of worship first came to my attention in Bristol Record Office's Handlist of Parish Records. Under the section of Methodist registers they list a building in Bath Street, Ashton Gate, with records for the period 1938-1977, and having no particular Methodist allegiance.

Bath Street is a side street off the east side of Ashton Road - what from above looks like an odd insert between Wells Street and Duckmoor Road. The building can be seen on Old Maps of 1904 labelled as "Bethany Chapel (Independent Methodist)". Happily also it is still in existence in the present day, albeit in an altered form. It has been converted to what looks like a pair of cottages, which pay homage to the building's origins in having a small lancet window in each of their doorways filled with what appears to be stained glass. The main body of the building has also retained a lozenge-shaped date plaque, which reads "Bethany 1895".

As "Bethany Chapel", it was the only building of note in Bath Street at the time of compilation of Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902, but by 1914 there were 15 residences listed, plus "Ashton Gate Wesleyan Mission". Then it was "all change" yet again by the time of its closure, when it was recorded as simply "Methodist Mission Hall" in The London Gazette of 24th June 1982 (p.8365) - evidently the same place, given its address of "Bath Street, Ashton Gate". Its original certification was given as 11th July 1918.


Now or formerly Independent 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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST5712071564. 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 Ashton Gate, 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 30 Aug 2014 at 12:00.

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This Report was created 20 Jul 2021 - 13:06:00 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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