Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Stapleton Methodist Church, Stapleton
Stapleton Methodist Church,
River View,
Stapleton, 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 in 1886, but we understand it was closed in 2010.

This Church is not marked as a place of worship on Maps earlier than 1955, yet according to Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website, it was built in 1886. He describes it as "a very unusual church [which] at first glance looks like a converted cottage but was actually deliberately built this way in 1886". A closer look in the present day reveals a building which is part of a custom-built terrace of "two-up - two-down", which might not get a second look, were it not for Phil's remarks. The difference between it and the other houses is that its doorway has a curved-arch surround, with a keystone, the windows are twin-light lancets, and there is a circular light above the doorway.

According to Phil's account, these features are the product of a restoration in its centenary year, presumably 1986; and indeed, the Bristol Record Office has a copy of its centenary booklet: 'Stapleton Methodist Church, 1886-1986' (Ref: 42447/Ch/6/2),

It was closed nearly 25 years later, as recorded in The London Gazette of 8th March 2010 (p.3962). "Methodist Church, River View, Stapleton, Bristol" was included in a list of buildings in March 2010 which are "no longer used by the congregations on whose behalf they were registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act 1949 (as amended)".

Its original registration had been recorded in the Gazette of 11th September 1953 (p.4874).


Now or formerly 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 ST6221076493. 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 Stapleton, 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 3 Feb 2014 at 13:30.

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This Report was created 27 May 2022 - 03:57:11 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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