Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Totterdown Methodist Church, Totterdown, Bristol
Totterdown Methodist Church,
Bushy Park, BS4 2EG,
Totterdown, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does 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 1872, and we understand it is still open.

Totterdown Methodist Church (formerly Bushy Park Methodist) is a large building, basically rectangular, with its longer side facing north towards Bushy Park. It also has north and south transepts, and a short, stubby tower at the north-west corner, giving it the appearance from the road of two wings, projecting from the main building. There are two tiers of "gothic" windows, the upper one in the north transept being the largest, to which there is a crucifix attached - the building is certainly distinctive.

There is also a delightful Church Hall at the rear, formerly a Sunday School, which looks older than the main building, and this is indeed the case, though not by many years. An account of SBMC Totterdown history on the South Bristol Methodist Church website records that it opened in 1872 as a "School Chapel", "with great rejoicing". The foundation of the Church was laid 2 years later, in 1874, to open the following year, with a service and the dedicatory sermon preached by the Rev. Gervase Smith, President of the Conference. It was first known as "Knowle Wesleyan Church", and later "Knowle Methodist Chapel, Bushy Park, Totterdown", then more recently it became as it is today - "Totterdown Methodist Church".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 13th April 1877 (p.2574) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Knowle Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, situate at Bushy Park, Totterdown, in the parish of Bedminster, in the county of Somerset, in the district of Bedminster, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 24th March, 1877, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 28th March 1877.


Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 is located at OS grid reference ST5990371502. 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 Totterdown, 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 30 Jan 2019 at 13:44.

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This Report was created 19 May 2022 - 05:35:16 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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