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Westbury on Trym ("Bethesda") Methodist Church, Westbury on Trym
Westbury on Trym ("Bethesda") Methodist Church,
Westbury Hill / Waters Lane, BS9 3AA,
Westbury on Trym, 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 1810, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/5/1/5) for "Bethesda Chapel", erected in 1810 for a Wesleyan congregation describes a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship with free seating for 100, and 130 "other" sittings. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 18 in the morning, and 20 in the evening. These figures seem quite low, given the number of seats, but a group of Wesleyan Reformers are known to have broken away from the main chapel, and set up a new meeting in a disused Baptist Chapel in Trym Road. The return was completed by James Ford, its Steward, of Henbury, Gloucestershire.

Evidently, its fortunes were to improve, as the chapel was demolished in 1889, and a much grander building, designed by H.J. (Herbert John) Jones M.S.A of 12 Bridge Street (Kelly, 1902) was erected. It is situated at the junction of Waters Lane with Westbury Hill, and consists of nave, narrow transepts with large 3-light windows, and a similar large window in the south facade over the main entrance. There is also a south-west tower, topped by a spire, which has its own entrance doorway.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 13th December 1889 (p.7210) indicates its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Wesleyan Chapel, situate at Westbury-on-Trym, in the parish of Westbury, in the county of Gloucester, in the district of Barton Regis, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 9th day of December, 1889, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 10th December 1889.

There is more information about the chapel's history on Westbury on Trym Methodist Church website. Of special note is the tinted photograph of the original chapel, showing it with two round-arched windows, on either side of a central, rectangular doorway, above which is a round-arched "blind" opening, and a pediment, featuring (probably) a date stone.

See also Phil Draper's Church Crawler website]


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 is located at OS grid reference ST5725277268. 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 Westbury on Trym, 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 4 Nov 2018 at 15:58.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 17:56:02 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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