Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Chapel of the Asylum for Poor Orphan Girls, Montpelier, Bristol
Chapel of the Asylum for Poor Orphan Girls,
Ashley Hill / Sevier Street, BS6 5JD,
Montpelier, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church 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 1791, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

The location of the Orphanage, and its associated Chapel, are shown on Old Maps from the 1880s. Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 notes that the "Asylum for Poor Orphan Girls, at Ashley Hill", was founded in 1795. "The present building [ie in 1902], erected about 1830, and enlarged by the addition of an infirmary in 1872, is now available for 50 girls, who are received from 6 to 12 years of age and are trained for domestic service till they are 16". In 1897 there were 41 inmates. "The chapel, built in 1791, is a small and plain edifice consisting of chancel and nave and has a stained east window. The asylum was supported by voluntary contributions.

Again, in 1902, the staff of the "Asylum for Poor Orphan Girls, Hooks mills, Ashley hill" were listed as William Henry Harford esq. treasurer; Rev. Stewart Churchill, chaplain; Joseph Griffiths Swayne M.D. consulting physician; James Taylor M.R.C.S Eng. surgeon; Henry Cooke, hon. sec.; Miss Isoline Lee, matron; Miss Annie Millar, schoolmistress.

In the present day, the Orphanage has been demolished, and its site now occupied by the Ashley Trading Estate, but the Chapel survives, now Ivy Pentecostal Church.


Now or formerly School/Orphanage Chapel.

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 was located at OS grid reference ST5985374579. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 1 May 2014 at 11:22.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2022 - 02:53:50 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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