Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Harrowdene Road Methodist Church, Knowle, Bristol
Harrowdene Road Methodist Church,
Harrowdene Road / Cleeve Road,
Knowle, 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 1904, but we understand it was closed by 1969.

The location of the former Methodist Church in Harrowdene Road can be seen on Old Maps of 1948-1949. It was situated on the south-east corner of the junction of Harrowdene Road and Cleeve Road, opposite the junction with Greenmore Road. The Maps indicate there were two buildings, side by side, the Methodist Church, and a Sunday School. It was opened in 1904 - as it so happens, the same year as the Wesleyan Methodist Church a short distance away, on the junction of Redcatch Road and Wells Road. Phil Draper's ChurchCrawler website has a description - a substantial redbrick Chapel (with, if memory serves, two small towers, one at each corner), and originally dedicated as Bible Christian. Maps of 1916-1918, however, label it as "U.M." (United Methodist), as does the following notice in The London Gazette of 11th August 1908 (p.5930) recording its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, situated at Harrowdene-road, Knowle, in the civil parish of Bristol, in the county borough of Bristol, in Bristol registration district, was, on the 6th August, 1908, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 7th August 1908.

A similar notice, published in the Gazette of 5th September 1969 (p.9142) for "METHODIST CHURCH, Harrowdene Road, Knowle" recorded its formal closure. It has since been demolished and a terrace of town houses now occupies its site. The Church was on the right of the Sunday School, so it occupied the area where the the houses' back gardens are now.

Note: there is an old postcard in Paul Townsend's Photographic Archive of Knowle showing it in its heyday - "1905 New Bible Christian Chapel, Harrowdene Road" - it was a large building. Paul also includes a photo from the present day, taken from a similar viewpoint.


Now or formerly United 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 ST6081570968. 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 Knowle, 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 7 Sep 2014 at 12:20.

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This Report was created 6 Jul 2022 - 08:28:41 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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