Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Winterdown Room (Demolished?), Winterbourne Down
Winterdown Room (Demolished?),
Mill Road,
Winterbourne Down, 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 before 1840, but we understand it was closed in 1876.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/6/4/14) records a place of worship called "Winterdown Room" for a congregation of Wesleyan Methodists, which was erected "before 1840". It was a separate building which was also used for an Infant School. There were 150 sittings, all free, and on March 30, an estimated 50 worshippers attended evening service. There were no services in the morning or afternoon. The return was completed by its Chapel Steward John Amos, who lived at "Winterbourne Down near Bristol". The surname "Amos" overwrote an earlier surname beginning with "B".

This was probably not the building in Winterbourne Down which is marked as a School on Old Maps, as according to A History of Winterbourne by H.W.N. Ludwell (1972) on the Winterbourne - South Gloucestershire website, it was not built until 1866, some years after the Census was taken. It was built on a piece of ground given by the Rev F.W. Greenstreet, as a Church of England School. Bourne House, in Winterbourne itself, was built in 1815, as a National School, but I feel this is less likely to have been the meeting place, and more likely to have been another, smaller school, perhaps near the present day Methodist Church, which was built in 1876.

Old Maps continued to show the Winterbourne Down School until at least the 1930s, but today, obviously, the building is in private ownership. Its history is however recorded in a house sign - "The Old School House".


Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 ST6513379699. 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 11 May 2013 at 12:41.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2021 - 15:24:57 GMT 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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