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Argyle Morley United Reformed Church, Chester Park, Fishponds
Argyle Morley United Reformed Church,
Whitefield Road / Duncombe Lane, BS5 7UB,
Chester Park, Fishponds, 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 1895, and we understand it is still open.

Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler webpage of Congregational Churches describes Argyle as "a late arrival into the Congregational Church in 1958", to a place of worship which had existed since 1895. The following notice in The London Gazette of 4th December 1896 (p.7178) records its initial registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named Argyle Hall situated at Argyle-road, Chester Park, Fishponds in the parish of Stapleton in the county of Gloucestershire in the registration district of Barton Regis being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religious worship, was on the 30th day of November 1896, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, c.85. Dated 30 November 1896.

A further notice in the Gazette of 25th April 1899 (p.2634) indicated that "New Argyle Hall, situated at New-road, Bristol" was to be substituted for "Argyle Hall, Argyle-road, Chester Park, Fishponds, now disused". The original site is not marked on Old Maps pre-1899 explicitly, but it may have been a building shown on the south-east corner of the junction of Argyle Road with what is now Whitefield Road - presumably in 1899, this was a "New-road". Phil records the new Church was begun in 1898, and opened in April 1899, and was designed by A.E. Longden.

It is built of red brick, with terracotta dressings; and has 5 bays to the sides, with round-arched windows. The front, facing Duncombe Lane, has 2 similar windows on either side of a central doorway, above which are two circular windows, the smaller with 4 segments, and the larger (below) with 8 segments. The entrance is via a new porch, added in 1985.

Note: in 1970, the congregation were joined by that of Morley Church, in Lodge Causeway, when the latter became too expensive to maintain. To honour the merger, it adopted the name "Argyle Morley Congregational", and after 1972, and the formation of the United Reformed Church, "Argyle Morley United Reformed Church".


Now or formerly Congregational/United Reformed (URC).

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 ST6337374664. 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 Chester Park, 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 22 Feb 2014 at 07:51.

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This Report was created 19 May 2022 - 06:15:07 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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