Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Brookland Chapel (Demolished), Baptist Mills, Bristol
Brookland Chapel (Demolished),
Lower Ashley Road,
Baptist Mills, 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 1888, but we understand it was closed in 1971.

Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website records this place of worship as founded in 1888 by William Gibbons, originally as an Independent Wesleyan Church. It is listed in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1914 as "Brookland Independent Wesleyan Chapel", situated between #89 and #91 in "Ashley Road, Lower"; however its independent status was not to be maintained, as Phil reports that it joined the United Methodist Church that year.

Old Maps of 1918 show it occupied a large site, which included also a Sunday School, and other buildings. Kelly's Directory lists the complex adjacent to Summers Row, with Brooklands Men's Institute at #87, and Thomas Cawley, caretaker, at #89 Ashley Road. It appears to have been built on a site occupied in 1883-1884 by Frome Lodge, situated on a bend in the River Frome, which since then has been culverted.

Phil also notes that Brookland was instrumental in the foundation of Eden Grove Methodist Church, in Horfield, a snippet he obtained from Brookland Diamond Jubilee booklet, of 1948.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 11th November 1890 (p.5952) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Independent Wesleyan Church, situate at Lower Ashley-road, in the parish of St. Philip and Jacob (Without), in the city and county of Bristol, in the district of Barton Regis, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 7th day of November, 1890, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 8th November 1890.

An appropriate notice of cancellation, as "BROOKLAND METHODIST CHURCH, Lower Ashley Road", was published in the Gazette of 10th August 1971 (p.8650). It has since been demolished, along with other properties, to make way for the M32, but its congregation is noted by Phil as one of those to join the present Parkway Methodist, which was built in Conduit Place, in 1972.


Now or formerly Independent 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 ST6013974340. 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 Baptist Mills, 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 30 Mar 2014 at 17:20.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 07:10:30 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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