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Report - Kingswood Tabernacle, September, 2012

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by TheFamousThreeGoTo..., Feb 8, 2013.

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    After a very disappointing attempt at a water pumping station, getting my first glimpse of anti-vandal paint, then deciding it was a good idea to basically roll around in the stuff. With the light fading, we decided to set off to the other side of Bristol to visit a hunch I had. It paid off, although we couldn't visit the whole site because spiders... This is not as picture heavy as my reports usually are, still a great day out though :).

    Some History on the place.

    Whitfield's Tabernacle is a former Calvinistic Methodist and Congregational church in Kingswood, a town on the eastern edge of Bristol where George Whitefield preached in the open air to coal miners. The name refers to two buildings in which the church met.
    The congregation originally met in the New Society Room which was built in 1741 for George Whitefield and John Cennick after a separation occurred between them and John Wesley. The former Society Room building was expanded to a large size, and is a grade I listed building. It is now roofless and derelict after an arson attack. In 1851 a very large Gothic building, designed by Henry Masters, was constructed a little to the west of the original tabernacle. In the late 20th century this building was closed and the United Reformed Church congregation moved back into the original 18th century building for a few years, before leaving both buildings to join together for worship with another congregation associated with the 18th-century revival, the Moravian Church, in the Moravian building on the other side of the High Street. In 2003 the Tabernacle featured in the BBC's Restoration series. As of 2007, there were plans for the redevelopment of the three listed buildings on the Tabernacle site, namely the two churches and the 18th century Chapel House. Besides various proposed memorial facilities, the plan includes flats in the Chapel House and the 19th century building. At February 2011 the site was still derelict although the large disused churchyard had been cleared of vegetation.

    Source: Whitefield's Tabernacle, Kingswood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Visited with Seffy.


    It seems somebody else tried the pumping station too...












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