Whitefield's Tabernacle, Kingswood

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Whitefield's Tabernacle, Kingswood
West side showing roof and window damage to the Masters Church which is just west of the Whitefield Tabernacle building
Whitefield's Tabernacle, Kingswood is located in Gloucestershire
Whitefield's Tabernacle, Kingswood
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Basic information
Location South Gloucestershire, England
Geographic coordinates 51°27′47″N 2°30′25″W / 51.4631°N 2.5069°W / 51.4631; -2.5069Coordinates: 51°27′47″N 2°30′25″W / 51.4631°N 2.5069°W / 51.4631; -2.5069
Affiliation United Reformed
District Kingswood
Completed 1741

Whitefield's sometimes Whitfield's Tabernacle is a former Calvinistic Methodist and Congregational (now United Reformed)[1] 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.[1] The former Society Room building was expanded to a large size, and is a grade I listed building.[2] It is now roofless and derelict after an arson attack.[3]

In 1851 a very large gothic building, designed by Henry Masters, was constructed just 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.[4]

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.[3] At February 2011 the site was still derelict although the large disused churchyard had been cleared of vegetation.[5]

As at February 2015 the site is still derelict and the graveyard is once again overgrown.

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  1. ^ a b Timothy Jenkins (1999). Religion in Everyday English Life: an Ethnographic Approach. New York: Berghahn. pp. 103–105. 
  2. ^ "Whitfield's Tabernacle". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Save the Tabernacle". A Social History of Bristol in photographs & stories. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Whitfield Tabernacle". BBC - History - Restoration - Series 1. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Whitefield's Tabernacle". The Derelict Miscellany. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "John Bacon". A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851. Henry Moore Foundation. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 

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