Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Oxford Street Methodist Church (Demolished), Totterdown, Bristol
Oxford Street Methodist Church (Demolished),
Oxford Street / Bush Street,
Totterdown, 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 1875, but we understand it was closed by 1963.

Old Maps show that Oxford Street Methodist Church was situated on the north-east corner of the junction of Oxford Street with Bush Street. It was described as "United Free", and with seats for 300. Bush Street was a short cut between Oxford Street and Wells Road, which no longer exists - as far as I can tell, its path would have crossed the site of the "Tesco Express" store at the junction of Wells Road with St John's Lane. A property named the Bush Hotel was situated on the south-west corner of the junction. Its site now appears to have been converted into a park.

Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website provided the information that the Church was erected in 1875. He describes a "lancet chapel", and a minister's house with quirky windows. There is an old photograph showing the two buildings side by side in Paul Townsend's Photographic Archive of Totterdown (also, incidentally, of the Bush Hotel, mentioned above).

The following notice in The London Gazette of 27th July 1880 (p.4138) recorded the Church's registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Methodist Free Church, situate at Oxford-street, Totterdown, in the parish of Bedminster, in the county of Somerset, in the district of Bedminster, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 13th day of July, 1880, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 16th July 1880.

A similar notice, published in the Gazette of 1st February 1963 (p.1019) recorded the cancellation of the registration, and also indicated the building was no longer used. Since then, it has been demolished, and its site is now occupied by the above-mentioned Tesco Express.

The Bristol Record Office hold records of baptisms for the period 1902-1961, and marriages for the period 1900-1962.


Now or formerly Free/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 ST5987559875. 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 Totterdown, 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 Sep 2014 at 14:02.

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This Report was created 9 Jan 2021 - 06:27:23 GMT from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 14 Jun 2019 at 13:31.

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