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PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH

Albany Road, St Pauls (formerly Baptist).

Is this the little lancet building recently sold by estate agents with pulpit in situ?

Angers Road Totterdown

1878 . small red brick and demolished with surrounding streets.

Bourne (Kingswood High Street)

Named after the founder of the Primitive Methodists. Huge building with classical details. Built 1873, of typical plan. Main facade with three large windows above three portals.After closure it was used as a clothes store for a while, with "Castaways" a Kiddies Adventure Playground in the lower floor, although I am not sure when the internal subdivision was done.

Since c1995 in use again as Bourne Community Church but the successful use of the ground floor remains! Upstairs the church is a very pleasant room, lit by the large upper tier of windows and with the feature of the eastern arch to act as a focus to the building. Some beautiful plasterwork remains in the ceiling, and this is cut away from the three stepped western windows in a most unusual and attractive feature.

Clowes (Airballoon Road), St George

1879. Named after a early founder at Mow Cop. Huge edifice with pilasters and architrave and sash windows and a pediment. Interior quite ornate with lovely plaster ceiling. Pulpit large with a arch above with a text 'reverence my sanctuary'.

This was demolished in 1988 and on the site a brick building "Summerhill Methodist Church" was erected replacing Bethel St. George and Crews Hole. This opened on 25th July 1989. The church faces the main road, various rooms in opposite wing and entrance foyer in between. The architects were Stocks Build. Much use of patterned brick outside, attractive. Sliding screens can extend or hide the church. Some minor furniture from the other churches, and one of the members has sketched the three predecessors (copies of these on the relevant pages on this site).

 

Eastville

1873. Not sure where located possibly gothic buildings at the other end of park

Ebenezer (Midland Road)

Unusual building still surviving c1850. West front neo Norman c 1850. Zig zag style door with three very unusual windows above with round metal glazing bars. No side windows. Interior with a very heavy wooden galleries and an arched flattened barrel vault ceiling. Now an architectural salvage showroom. The interior still has the neo-Norman arcading on the front of the galleries.

Essex Street Bedminster

1871 - long since demolished

Hebron, Barton Hill (Morley Rd)

1869. Classical although small. Demolished in the 1970's.

Mina Road

1881. There is a chapel building backing on to allotments but not sure if this is the one

Mount Tabor, Newfoundland Road

1881. Closed and demolished in the 1970s for the widening of the road as the extension of the M32 motorway route into the centre. An odd building, with large west window flanked by what looked like twin double bellcotes.

Picture taken by David Dawson shortly before demoltion and used with permission.

Rose Green St George

1855 large gothic building with lancets. Now a glazing company. Red brick Victoria Sunday School extension at the rearof 1892.
Salem, Church Rd, St George

1904 Gothic - now the Bethel United church (Pentecostal). In recent restoration the "dachreiter" was removed. Interior little changed with galleries on three sides.

Speedwell (Speedwell Road)

1880. Small classic building now Spiritualist church.

Zion Bedminster Down Road

1850 small classic building, now demolished.

Zion (Fishponds Road)

1875.. Now a car park site. Originally a very nice classic building with sash windows on two storeys - pediment and architrave's. Demolished after long secularisation in c1990.

Zion Whitehall (Whitehall Road)

Built 1871. Huge unusual classic building with two ranks of windows and sashed windows. Huge interior with galleries. Now a studio area and accomodation

BIBLE CHRISTIANS CHURCHES

The Bible christians were founded by a William O'Bryan who was a Wesleyan preacher, in 1815. They were of a evangelistic tendancy and built many chapels in Cornwall. They did not call their ministers Reverend and they encouraged female preachers although they could not take part in church government.

Gladstone Street, Totterdown

1864 long since demolished

Knowle

1904. (Bill Krouwel writes:- The Bible Christian (Methodist) Church in Knowle was at the top of Greenmore Road, opposite Stephens' Dairy and on a level street corner.... As far as I'm aware, it was demolished in the 1970s (perhaps 60's come to think of it) and my Gran got some of the stained glass, which she hung in her living room! It was a substantial redbrick Chapel (with, if memory serves, two small towers, one at each corner) which perhaps fell victim to the (still extant) preference in Methodist circles to lose their old Primitive/Bible Christian/New Connexion premises in favour of the more "churchy" Wesleyan ones )

 

Redcliffe Crescent

1876 long since demolished : Dame Clara Butt sang here.

 

Research by Neil Marchant, with contributions by Phil Draper

If anyone can help with additional information / history of any of these churches, or any have any photographs please get in touch.

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page updated 3rd November 2005