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Horfield United Reformed Church (Whitefield Tabernacle), Horfield, Bristol
Horfield United Reformed Church (Whitefield Tabernacle),
139 Muller Road, BS7 9RB,
Horfield, Bristol, 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 1930, and we understand it is still open.

The congregation attending this church was founded in 1930, meeting at first in a private house. A dedicated building was erected in 1933, on the corner of Muller Road and Downend Road, which became known as Horfield Congregational Church.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 11th February 1938 (p.916) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named HORFIELD CONGREGATIONAL HALL situated at Corner of Downend Road and Muller Road in the civil parish of Bristol in Bristol registration district in the county borough of Bristol was on the 7th February 1938, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85. Dated 8th February 1938.

In 1960, funds became available from the compulsory purchase, by Bristol City Council, of the Whitefield Tabernacle Congregational Church in Penn Street in Bristol for street widening, and these were applied to a refurbishment of the Horfield Church. This included a large Sanctuary, a caretaker's flat, and other ancillary facilities; the pulpit, communion table, pews and organ from the Tabernacle in Bristol being preserved and incorporated into the building of the Sanctuary. The original building was retained as a hall.

The Deacons from Penn Street, and some of its congregation then joined the Horfield Church; at the same time it adopted the additional title of the "Whitefield Memorial Tabernacle".

George Whitefield gained many converts amongst the miners of Kingswood and Rose Green; he founded churches in Kingswood, and in Bristol, both named Tabernacles.

The above is a brief summary of a more comprehensive Church History formerly on a website for Horfield United Reformed Church, now unfortunately, no longer available.


Now or formerly Congregational/United Reformed (URC).

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 ST5988576347. 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 Horfield, 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 2 Dec 2011 at 12:17.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 16:51:08 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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