Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Whiteway Chapel (Demolished), St George, Bristol
Whiteway Chapel (Demolished),
Whiteway Road,
St George, 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 1850, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

It has not been possible to find a precise location for this place of worship on Old Maps. A return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/3/1/8) indicates the existence of a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship, erected in December 1850 for a congregation of Wesleyan Reformers. There were free sittings for "about 80", and 32 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 50 to morning service, 120 in the afternoon, and 120 in the evening, so obviously well attended! The return was completed by Edwin Weight, its Steward, of "St George, Near Bristol". He remarked that "the term Wesleyan Reform is given to this Denomination to distinguish them from the Conference Methodists, the former having Separated themselves from the latter through three overbearing and tyrannical acts, and strictly adheres to the Original Rules laid down by their venerable founder John Wesley". Stirring stuff!

In light of this separation, possibly this was a breakaway group from the Wesleyan Chapel, which appears on Old Maps on the corner of Whiteway Road with Hudd's Hill Road, and which has its own entry in this database. As they had a more active congregation of the two, they may have built a new chapel at a later date - possibly Bethel, in Clouds Hill Road, which dates from 1858, and which is known to have belonged to the United Methodist Free Churches, which most Reformers would have joined in 1857.


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 Chapel was located in the town/village nearest OS grid reference ST6322774008. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 2 Apr 2014 at 14:26.

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This Report was created 13 Aug 2022 - 10:14:41 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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