Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Bristol
Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
Rose Street,
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 1748, but we understand it was closed in 1913.

This Methodist Chapel was located on the Bristol Town Map of 1884-1885, whilst searching for the former Jewish Burial Ground in Rose Street. It was on the north side of Rose Street, and was said to have seats for 200. It occupied the equivalent of 2 blocks on the street, and the area behind it was labelled as "Mark's Court". There were 3 Malthouses and a Tobacco Manufactory in the neighbourhood, and an Oil and Tallow Works.

Possibly this was the meeting house (or its predecessor) referred to by John Latimer, in The Annals of Bristol in the Eighteenth Century (1893), when on 17th October 1748, "the house of Joseph Matson, glass-maker, Great Gardens", was certified as a place of worship by followers of John Wesley (the same day as the "New Room", opened in 1739). Great Gardens was an area in Temple parish, described by the Rev. William Goldwin, master of the Grammar School in A Poetical Description of Bristol (1712), as "fragrant with jasmin, roses, and orange flowers, and beauteous with fantastically cut yew and holly trees". Latimer contrasts this with his own time (1893), when it was "black, dismal, and sordid".

So far as I am able to tell, Rose Street was part of the area in Temple parish known as "Great Gardens". The area was cleared in 1913, when the land was compulsorily purchased by the Great Western Railway to extend the Goods Yard at Temple Meads Station. Although Rose Street itself survived for some years afterwards, the buildings themselves were demolished.


Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 ST5947272517. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 8 Mar 2014 at 13:26.

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This Report was created 17 Aug 2022 - 16:46:56 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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