Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Ebenezer Methodist Church (the "Clock Chapel"), Fishponds
Ebenezer Methodist Church (the "Clock Chapel")   [no longer registered]
Fishponds Road / Station Avenue South, BS16 3UH,
Fishponds, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1850, but we understand it was closed in 1964, and the premises are now in secular use.

There is a description, and photographs of this former chapel on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website. It stands on the north-west corner of the junction of Fishponds Road with Station Avenue, and fortunately, it is still in existence, though now in commercial use. It was closed in the 1960s, with its congregation joining that of Trinity Church, a short distance away, for services, and in their plans for building a new church - today's Fishponds Methodist, in Guinea Lane.

It is labelled on Old Maps of 1882 as "Methodist Chapel (United)". Phil's account says it was erected in 1880, however this may have been a replacement for an earlier building - possibly that described in a return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/6/2/8). It was a separate (unnamed) building, erected in November 1850 for a congregation of Wesleyan Reformers, and used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 74, and 43 "other sittings", and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 70 in the morning, and 110 in the evening, with "School" in the afternoon. The return was completed by Joseph Ball, its Steward, who lived in "Fishponds, Nr. Bristol, Glos Shire".

The United Methodist Free Churches were formed in 1857 from an amalgamation of the Wesleyan Methodist Association, which had seceded from the Wesleyan Church in 1836 and the greater part of the Wesleyan Methodist Reformers, who had seceded or been expelled in 1849.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 13th October 1908 (p.7412) indicated its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, situated at Fishponds-road, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, in Bristol registration district, was, on the ninth October, 1908, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 10th October 1908.

A similar notice published in the Gazette of 13th November 1964 (p.9641) for "EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH, Fishponds Road" recorded its formal closure.


Now or formerly Free/United 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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference ST6304075683. 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 Fishponds, 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 15 Feb 2014 at 11:56.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 23:03:30 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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