Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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United Methodist Church (Demolished), St Philip, Bristol
United Methodist Church (Demolished),
Gas Lane,
St Philip, 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 1854?, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

This appears to have been quite a substantial Chapel, shown on the Bristol Town Maps of 1885 as having seating for 500. It was on the north side of Gas Lane, facing towards one of 3 large gasometers - part of a substantial Gas Works. By 1951, the area where it stood had become a warehouse, and there were several ruined buildings in the area surrounding it - presumably a consequence of bomb damage during WWII. Amazingly, though, the Gas Works appears to have survived the War, and indeed the outlines of 3 gasometers can still be seen in the present day.

The Chapel, as "Methodist Free Church" is recorded in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 between two beer retailers - Mrs. Mary Lavena Southcombe, and William Hunt; and Jesse Phipps, a shopkeeper. In Kelly's Directory of 1914, the "United Methodist Chapel" in Gas Lane is listed between #11, the residence of John Coles, a beer retailer, at the "Old Steam Engine", and #21, a general shop, run by Thomas Oxenham.

This area was, presumably, once known as "Tyler's Fields". I have been unable to find the name on Old Maps, but a list of Places of Worship on the Bristol & Avon Family History Society website records the United Methodist Chapel in Gas Lane as belonging to that district, founded in 1854, so I have concluded they are one and the same.


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 Church was located at OS grid reference ST6016172592. 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 St Philip, 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 7 May 2014 at 10:10.

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This Report was created 24 May 2022 - 16:21:48 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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