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St Chad

Moorfields

Bristol

Details about this church are rather sketchy, and will require further research. I present my findings to date below. There seems some confusion between the two missions of St Chad and St Saviour. Roy Cleveley in his book on St Matthew mentions both missions but with incomplete details.

(from R.Cleveley 1999) The church of St Chad was a mission from St Matthew, Moorfields and opened in Devon Road, Whitehall in 1875. The building cost 1535. An altar was given by St Anselm, Clifton in 1912 and a reredos by Captain Sharp of the Church Army in the same year. Fifty chairs were given by Fry's the Chocolate people and the church was redecorated. A church hall was built in 1927. The mission closed during or shortly after the Second World War.

This is at odds with other information found which talks about the services being held in a room above a factory in the 1920s which may of course be St Saviour!

These two pictures were taken in February 2002 following information from Rev. David Cawley that the building still survived in Devon Road, Whitehall. On calling at these premises which now serve as a workshop, I was told by a pleasant man working there that he believed that this was the former St Chad's church. There are two former halls linked together, and this man said an old boy had also called one day to say he had been to school in the building on the right (behind). No features survive inside but this pretty bell turret and weathervane caught my eye.

UPDATE

In July 2012 I made an amazing discovery in a collection of old postcards. This is the interior of St Chad's church, and must predate the installation of the altar and reredos in 1912. This may be the only surviving picture of the interior, unless of course you know different!

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page updated 29th July 2012