Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Hotwell Road Chapel (later St Peter's Church Hall) (Demolished), Clifton Wood, Bristol
Hotwell Road Chapel (later St Peter's Church Hall) (Demolished),
Hotwell Road,
Clifton Wood, 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 1833, but we understand it was closed before 1855.

This place of worship was built in 1833, originally as a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, described in the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/330/1/1/6) as "Hotwells Road Chapel". It was a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship, with free sittings for 290, and 310 "other" sittings. The average congregation for the previous 12 months was said to be 300 to morning service and 350 in the evening, with 40 Sunday Scholars; however on March 30th, only 45 worshippers attended morning service, and only 60 in the evening, the comparable figure of Sunday Scholars being 15. The return was completed by William Withers, its Steward, who listed his address as "Under the Bank of St Augustine's Bristol". The reduction in worshippers he attributed to "a secession from the Wesleyan Body [which] has lately taken place, and the party seceding has filled up a place in the neighbourhood for public worship".

A diminishing congregation may have been what led to the (presumed) sale of the building to the Church of England, and its subsequent consecration as "St Peter" on 10th August 1855, for which see the separate entry in this database. The congregation of St Peter soon grew, requiring a bigger building. The new building was consecrated in 1872, and thereafter the "old" building became St Peter's Church Hall.

Both the old and new St Peter's buildings can be seen on the Bristol Town Plans of 1884, at the extreme south-west end of Jacob's Wells Road, close to its junction with Hotwell Road. The original building, labelled simply as "Church", was closer to the junction, and the two were separated by "White Hart Steps". At the time of writing (2014), a pair of conjoined apartment blocks occupies the site, aptly named "St Peter's House".


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 ST5782672607. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 26 Mar 2021 at 14:47.

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This Report was created 19 Aug 2022 - 10:04:21 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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