Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Mount Zion Independent Methodist Church, Bedminster, Bristol
Mount Zion Independent Methodist Church,
7 Victor Road / West Street,
Bedminster, 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 1885, but we understand it was closed in 2011.

"Zion" would appear to be a popular name for Chapels in Bedminster, there being 3 featuring the name in one form or another. This one, Mount Zion, is ably described on Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website as built in 1890, with "a rather odd west front" - this, he says is because it was erected by miners, without the services of an architect; and they were using materials "second hand", from a church which was being demolished in town.

Nevertheless, it seems to me that the miners did rather well. Their building is of stone, with a central doorway on either side of which is a tall window, and above, 3 similar windows, grouped in venetian style. The windows are pointed-arched, dressed with a lighter stone, and with a circular motif, carved into a stone infill, at their apex. There is a plaque, which reads "Mount Zion 1890" above the upper window, and above this, a diamond-shaped aperture, presumably for loft ventilation.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 12th May 1899 (p.3046) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named Mount Zion Free Gospel Church, situated at Victor-road, West-street, Bedminster, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, in the registration district, of Bristol, being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religious worship, was on the sixth day of May, 1899, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, c.85. Dated 8th May 1899.

No corresponding notice of closure has been found, but a document Records of Independent Methodist Churches, Bristol and Berkshire on the Independent Methodist History website provides the information that it was opened in 1885 (presumably before it was completed), and closed in 2011. It would be nice to know which church in "town" the fabric came from! The most likely candidate would seem to be St Bartholomew's, in the City (Union Street), which was closed, and demolished in 1890, but if "town" means Bedminster, it is more likely to be Holy Cross RC Church, in East Street, which closed in 1874.


Now or formerly Independent 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 ST5811871188. 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 Bedminster, 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 24 Nov 2018 at 12:44.

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This Report was created 19 Oct 2021 - 23:40:46 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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