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Hotwells, Bristol

Hotwells on Wikipedia.

Also see Clifton.

The site of the former Clifton Church Mission Room on Hotwell Road, now occupied by flats. Dating detail is scarce, but it seems to have been built in the late 19th century, and closed sometime between WW1 and WW2. ST 57415 72481. Carole Sage (2016).

The site of Cumberland Hall (1896), which was a chapel planted from Bethesda Chapel on Great George Street (see Brandon Hill, on the Bristol City page). The date of closure is uncertain, but was probably in the 1960's or 1970's, and it was subsequently demolished, the land cleared, and is now the garden of a private residence. A photo of it is available here - it's the building with three round-headed windows, about a quarter of the way in from the right-hand edge. ST 56739 72534. Carole Sage (2016).

The former Grenville Wesleyan Chapel (1839) on Oldfield Place. Closed by 1954, the building was in commercial use for some years, but was eventually converted into flats. ST 56968 72457. Carole Sage (2016).

Holy Trinity on Hotwells Road. Another view. Both Carole Sage (2016). Previously in the "Unknown" section, Ian Lewis's war memorial ceremony photograph was identified by Phil Draper as a ceremony on the 7th of October, 1923, showing the unveiling of the Memorial Windows, later destroyed (along with the rest of the church interior) during the blitz. Originally opened in 1830, the church was re-built within the same walls. ST 57166 72571. Link. An old photo of the church, and a Loxton drawing. The wartime destruction can be seen here.

Hope Chapel, on Hope Chapel Hill, was a private foundation of the late C18. It closed as a church from circa 1980-2000, when it was used as a community centre and arts and theatrical venue. From 2000, Hope Community Church was established here, and it also continues in use as a community and arts centre. ST 56906 72661. Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.

Hotwell House Chapel, or Rock Chapel (Wesleyan Methodist). It's exact location is difficult to pin down - it had a relatively short life, and isn't marked on any maps which Carol has access to. Established in 1849, it was closed by 1867, and it stood on the riverside in the Avon gorge, within sight of Brunel's bridge. The photo shows the approximate location of the chapel. An illustration of Hotwell House is available here, and the chapel, although probably not in this building, would have stood nearby. ST 56551 72862. Carole Sage (2018).

The site of the New Buckingham Baptist Church on Hotwell Road is now occupied by flats. Built in 1903, it was a replacement for a church on another site acquired by the G.W.R. It was finally demolished in 2000 after being derelict for many years. ST 57257 72529. Carole Sage (2016). Link - scroll down to Hotwells New Buckingham Baptist.

The site of the former Rownham Mission Hall. Shown on maps dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, it seems to have gone out of use between 1902 and 1914. Demolished at some point, the land now forms part of the gardens for a block of flats. ST 56808 72522. Carole Sage (2016).

The site of St. Andrew the Less, and Dowry Chapel, now re-developed as flats. Dowry Chapel was founded in the mid 18th century as a chapel of ease to St. Andrew's at Clifton, and necessitated by the increase in the numbers of people taking the waters at the spa in Hotwells. Demolished in 1872 and replaced by St. Andrew the Less, that in turn was closed in 1958 and demolished five years later. ST 56951 72573. Carole Sage (2016). This link has photos of both buildings, and an interior of St. Andrew, as well as a good history, and there's another good photo here. A Loxton drawing.

Rob Kinnon-Brettle has advised of the history of the Salvation Army in Hotwells, as follows. The Salvation Army's first home was on Hotwells Road, from 1900-1901, in a former refreshment room. Commercial premises now stand on the site. ST 5739 7246. Carole Sage (2017). It was succeeded by the former Salvation Army Hall on Hotwells Road, which has been used as a shop for many years. It was founded in the early 1900's. ST 5729 7249. Carole Sage (2016). By 1914 they were in the former Buckingham Chapel Mission Hall on the corner of Pembroke Place and Hotwell Road (there is an entry for this as Wesleyan Mission Hall at the bottom of this page). In 1936 they moved into Brandon Hill Mission Church on York Place (for which see the Primitive Methodist entry on the main Bristol page, Brandon Hill section). They were only there for about three years before moving into their final home, the former Brandon Hill Free Methodist Church on Jacobs Wells Road. It closed soon after the end of WWII. Rob Kinnon-Brettle.

The site of Terrett Memorial Hall. An undenominational Seamen's Mission, Gospel Hall, and rest home for destitute sailors, it was built in the 1890's. It survived the war, but closed soon after, and was demolished to make way for the Cumberland Basin road system. ST 5682 7244. Carole Sage (2016). A Loxton drawing.

The former Wesleyan Mission Hall on Hotwell Road, now a shop. It dates from the late C19, replacing an earlier chapel on the same site. Date of closure is not currently known. Another view. ST 5731 7249. Both Carole Sage (2016).








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