Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Methodist Mission Room (Demolished), Eastville, Fishponds
Methodist Mission Room (Demolished),
Freeland Buildings,
Eastville, Fishponds, 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 1840, but we understand it was closed in 1872.

This Mission Room was erected by property developer Thomas Slocombe, next to two new cottages he built in Freeland Buildings. It rapidly became too small, and so in 1872, a new Chapel was erected at the junction of Fishponds Road with Gloucester Street and Muller Road - what was later to be known as Eastville Park Methodist Church. It was enlarged in 1879, and in 1891-2 was rebuilt. This building can still be seen today - now the home of International Pentecostal City Mission - but as might be expected, the original Mission Room has been demolished. After it had closed for Methodist worship, it was taken over by a group of Baptists, who later built their own Church.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/6/2/5) for a place of worship for a congregation of Wesleyan Methodist Reformers, in Freeland Buildings, Stapleton, was said to have been erected in 1840, as a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship was evidently quite large, as it had free seating for 130, and 24 "other" sittings. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 10 in the morning, and 40 in the evening, with 28 Sunday Scholars attending a morning class. The return was completed by Edward Millard, who styled himself Class Leader, and lived at "No. 6 St James Parade, St James Churchyard, Bristol".

After it had closed for Methodist worship, it was taken over by a group of Baptists, who later built the present day Baptist Church. This was built on the opposite side of Freeland Buildings, and closer to Fishponds Road.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Reform.

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 ST6143974823. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 17 Feb 2014 at 10:44.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2022 - 03:10:43 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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