Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Morley Chapel (Demolished), Russell Town, Bristol
Morley Chapel (Demolished),
Morley Street / Horton Street,
Russell Town, Bristol, 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 1869, but we understand it was closed in 1960.

This former Methodist Church is shown on the Bristol Town Plan of 1885 on the south-west corner of the junction of Morley Street with Horton Street, with a congregation of "United Free Methodist". It was a rectangular building, with seating for 250, but has now been demolished, and the area cleared for residential development. Horton Street was directly opposite the junction of Morley Street with Bright Street, and ran parallel to the present Strawbridge Road, but it too has been cleared.

There is a photograph of the Church on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website, showing the entrance was via the shorter side, facing Horton Street. It was of three bays with two tiers of windows, the lower tier being rectangular, and the upper tier round-arched. There was a central doorway, and a plaque above the upper window, and it appears to have been built of dark stone, with lighter stone dressings.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 3rd May 1960 (p.3149) is believed to have recorded its closure:

The Registrar-General, being satisfied that METHODIST CHURCH, Beaufort Road, Russell Town, St. George, in the registration district of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 26th January 1917[?] registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1836, has cancelled the registration. Dated 28th April 1960.

Note: "Morley Street United Methodist Chapel" is listed under Beaufort Road in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1914. It too has now been cleared. Old Maps show it ran from the west end of Morley Street southwards to what is now Avondale Road.

After the Chapel closed, its congregation may have later joined that of Lawrence Hill Church, on the corner of Lincoln Street and Ducie Road, newly built in 1968, which now has a combined United Reformed, and Methodist congregation.


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 ST6096273164. 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 Russell Town, Bristol, 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 Mar 2014 at 11:33.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 08:24:36 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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