Gloucestershire Places of Worship

Winterbourne Down ("Bethesda") Methodist Church, Winterbourne Down (49k) Above Photograph(s)
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Winterbourne Down ("Bethesda") Methodist Church, Winterbourne Down
Winterbourne Down ("Bethesda") Methodist Church (link to Church's website)
Down Road, BS36 1BH,
Winterbourne Down, Gloucestershire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church does 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 1876, and we understand it is still open.

An electronic copy of Dr Charles Hugh Babington's definitive History of Winterbourne available on the Winterbourne Family History Online website provides the information that Winterbourne Down Methodist Church, then described as the United Methodist Chapel, Winterbourne Down, dates from 1876. Its first known appearance on Old Maps is OS 1882 1:2,500, where it is recorded as "Methodist Chapel (Free)", demonstrating the typical progression of "Free Methodist" to "United Methodist". It was also known by the name of "Bethesda Methodist", and baptism records exist from 1853, available on the above website.

Evidently therefore it was preceded by an earlier meeting place. This may have been the "Winterdown Room" recorded on the Religious Census of 1851, for which see the separate entry in this database.

Denomination

Now or formerly Free 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 Church is located at OS grid reference ST6512979686. 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 11 May 2013 at 15:11.

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