Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Friends (Quakers) Meeting House, Frenchay
Friends (Quakers) Meeting House,
Beckspool Road, BS16 1NT,
Frenchay, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) 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 about 1654, and we understand it is still open.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) record that Friends' Meetings were being held in the vicinity of Frenchay from about 1654. The first meeting house, believed to have been built around 1670-73, was registered in 1689. It was replaced in 1808-9 by the present building, which has a stable wing at the front, above which a women's meeting-house was built in 1815. It also mentions a burial ground at the rear, accessed by a through passage at the south end of the main building.

At the time of the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/6/5/20) it was said to be built "before 1800". There was seating for 200 "on the floor", and 84 in the galleries; and the estimated attendance on March 30 was 34 in the morning only. The return was completed by Philip D. Tuckett, of "Frenchay near Bristol".

The notice on the front of the building reads:
Religious Society / Friends (Quakers) / Meeting House / Built 1673 ~ Rebuilt 1809 / Public Meeting for Worship / Every Sunday / Children's Class Sunday.


Now or formerly Quaker.

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 ST6411877880. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 10 May 2013 at 12:50.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2022 - 02:45:28 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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