Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Independent Chapel (Welsh) (Demolished), Bristol
Independent Chapel (Welsh) (Demolished),
Lower Castle Street,
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 1823, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

The book Bristol and Its Environs (1875), published by the British Association records "a small WELSH CHAPEL in Lower Castle Street, opened in 1823", with 300 sittings, all free. Seemingly by 1885, and publication of Bristol Town Plans, it had lost some of its seating, as the Plans show the "Independent Chapel (Welsh)", with seats for 170. It was a rectangular building, over twice as long as it was wide, on the west side of Lower Castle Street. On the opposite side of the road was a Bacon Curing House, more than 4 times its size!

The street also had a public house at the south-west end, close its junction with Castle Street. This may have been the Castle & Ball, named in Kelly's Directory of Bristol of 1902 as kept by Miss Amelia Emily Sumsion [sic]. The Chapel itself was listed as "Welsh Congregational" between #7 and #8 Lower Castle Street. Apparently by the time Kelly's Directory of 1914 was printed it had reverted to "Welsh Independent"! Curiously, in both Directories, Lower Castle Street is shown as having numbers 1-20 (inclusive) on one side, and #1-13 (inclusive) on the other. In 1914, they are distinguished as one side being in St Philip's parish, and the other in St Peter's. The Chapel was on the side of St Peter's.


Now or formerly Independent.

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 ST5941973170. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 1 Jul 2014 at 15:18.

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This Report was created 22 May 2022 - 19:00:41 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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