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,
Down Road, BS36 1BH,
Winterbourne Down, Gloucestershire.


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.

For more recent information, you may also like to visit the website of the Bristol & South Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit, to which Winterbourne Down Methodist Church belongs.


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.


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:


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 Winterbourne Down, 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 1 Nov 2018 at 15:11.

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This Report was created 27 Oct 2020 - 20:46:26 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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