Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Bethel Chapel (Demolished), Charlton, Henbury
Bethel Chapel (Demolished),
Hayes Lane, off Charlton Common,
Charlton, Henbury, 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 1858, but we understand it was closed before 1950.

The site of this Chapel now lies beneath the runway for the former Filton Aerodrome. It once served the hamlet of Charlton, laid out along a stretch of road named Charlton Common, of which only a fragment now remains. The hamlet contained Mansionhouse Farm, an Infants' School, a Pound, and the Carpenters' Arms public house. The Chapel, named as "Bethel", and of General Baptist persuasion, is shown on Old Maps between 1881 and 1935, and was situated along a road branching in a north-easterly direction from Charlton Common, which by 1935 was named "Hayes Lane". The Carpenters' Arms is shown nearby, but before 1915, the Chapel is indicated as being south of the pub, whereas from 1915 it is shown to the north, so it may have been resited.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1923, in which Charlton is mentioned as a tithing of Henbury, it was erected for the first time in 1858. However its last appearance on Old Maps was in 1935, as almost the whole village, and its habitations, were cleared in the late 1940s, to extend the Filton Aerodrome (Airport) runway; with many of the former residents being rehoused on the Patchway Estate, to the north. In more recent years, the Airport itself has been closed, and discussions are currently (2014) underway for its redevelopment. [Compiled with the assistance of the Wikipedia article on Charlton, Bristol]


Now or formerly General Baptist.

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 ST5867880292. 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 Charlton, Henbury, 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 21 Jun 2014 at 08:44.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2021 - 01:28:51 GMT 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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