Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Downend Methodist Church ("Bethel") (Demolished), Downend, Mangotsfield
Downend Methodist Church ("Bethel") (Demolished),
North Street,
Downend, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire.


This Church 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 in 1805, but we understand it was closed in 1975.

The location of this place of worship is marked on Old Maps of 1882 and onwards as "Wesleyan Methodist". Maps of 1882 show it to have had a Burial Ground surrounding it, but by 1903 this had probably been cleared, as the building has been extended. It is shown with a rounded front, slender transepts at the sides, and a wider extension to the rear.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/327/2/1/8) for a place of meeting in Downend for Wesleyan Methodists is named "Bethel", erected in 1805 as a separate building used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 220, and 150 "other" sittings, and had an average congregation of 150 to morning service, and 200 in the evenings. The return was completed by James Meadmore, its Minister, of "Downend Nr. Bristol".

Its closure was recorded by the following notice in The London Gazette of 3rd June 1975 (p.7152):

The Registrar General, being satisfied that METHODIST CHAPEL, North Street, Downend, Mangotsfield in the registration district of Bristol in the non-Metropolitan County of Avon is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 1st July 1904 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1836, has cancelled the registration. Dated 27th May 1975.

Sadly, however the Chapel has since been demolished, and replaced by a block of flats named "John Wesley Court". However, the wall at the front, between the grounds and the road, has been retained, also its railings, and gateposts, so it is still possible to see the Chapel's "footprint".


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 ST6492776224. 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 Downend, Mangotsfield, 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 21 Jan 2014 at 11:44.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2022 - 01:37:36 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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