Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Mount of Olives Assembly (formerly United Methodist), Clifton, Bristol
Mount of Olives Assembly (formerly United Methodist)   [no longer registered]
Blackboy Hill (213 Whiteladies Road), BS8 2XS,
Clifton, 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 by 1932, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

This building was formerly the Mount Olive United Methodist Free Church, founded (probably) in 1850. It is built of stone, with a central doorway, approached by a flight of steps. There are 2 round-arched windows on either side of the doorway, and a similar smaller window above it, all three filled with small lights in several colours of glazing. Above it again is a small rose window, and a rounded bell-turret at the apex.

Maps of 1952-1953 show the building as a "Pentecostal Church". The change of use is believed to have taken place in 1932 - an appropriate notice of its registration for marriages appearing in The London Gazette of 21st June 1932 (p.4063):

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named MOUNT OF OLIVES ASSEMBLY, situated at Blackboy Hill, Clifton, in the civil parish of Bristol, in Bristol registration district, in the county borough of Bristol, was, on the 15th June, 1932, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85. Dated 16th June 1932.

The Mount [of] Olives Chapel was in its turn closed by 1979, and its congregation moved to the former St Saviour's Church building in Chandos Road. This is reflected in similar notices in the Gazette - of 13th September 1979 (p.11591) and 12th November 1979 (p.14194) - recording the registration of "MOUNT OF OLIVES CHURCH, Chandos Road, Woolcott Park" for marriages, and the closure of "MOUNT [sic] OLIVES ASSEMBLY, Blackboy Hill, Clifton".

Since then, the Blackboy Hill Chapel building had been converted into a gymnasium and fitness centre, known (in 2014) as the Exercise Club.


Now or formerly Pentecostal.

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 ST5741974751. 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 Clifton, Bristol, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 23 Jul 2014 at 11:45.

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This Report was created 19 Aug 2022 - 08:22:13 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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