Bath Twerton Zion United Methodist Chapel

High Street Twerton, Bath BA2 1BZ

former Zion United Methodist Chapel in Twerton, Bath
the Tobin family
Bath Twerton Zion United Methodist Chapel

Methodists were meeting in the village of Twerton (Twiverton), just two miles west of the city of Bath as early as 1790, with a Wesleyan chapel built in in 1816, but now long since demolished.

The Primitives were also active and built their chapel in 1846, also now demolished.

The formation of Zion came about, following the “fly-sheet” controversy of 1850, when a number of Wesleyan ministers were expelled from the Church. Among them was the Revd. James Bromley who was one of the four ministers who formed the Wesleyan Reform Society.  At that time he was a minister in the Bath area (!850-1859) and a founder of the Zion Chapel in Twerton.

The land on which the building stands was originally in the ownership of His Grace The Duke of Chandos.

By 1852 the land and cottages thereon was purchased by a James Britton, Upholsterer, and a member of the Wesleyan Reform Society, for £80.

By 1853 the land was sold again, “for £150 of Lawful British Money…” to William Freeman and others who were the first Trustees of the Church, and the building was erected.

The Deeds show, inter alia, “that the said Chapel to be held upon Trust to permit and suffer the said Chapel and premises to be at all times a place of Worship by Protestant Christians known as Wesleyan Reformers.”

In 1891 a schoolroom was built on land adjacent to the west of the Chapel.

The debts for the purchase and buildings works were finally cleared in 1910.

In 1921 cottages adjacent to the east of the Chapel were purchased (Pool’s Buildings) and let but in 1941 they were destroyed by enemy bombs with loss of life.. The area was later used as a  car park.

The Chapel and schoolroom buildings were listed in 1975.

Membership was never large and the Society ceased to meet and the Church closed in 2004.   Worship continued on an independent basis for a number of years as The Twerton Fellowship, meeting in the village hall.

The chapel building and adjacent site was subsequently sold for commercial purposes.

References/Bibliography

At Satan’s Throne- the Story of Methodism in Bath.  Ed Bruce Crofts Redcliffe Press Ltd 1990

Methodists in Twerton & Zion Methodist Chapel 1853-2004    Tobin family and M & D Tanner  2004

 

 

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  • I recall playing the organ in this chapel It was positioned on a gallery behind the pulpit, roughly on a level with the main Bristol to London main railway line which was on an embankment at that point. You felt it when a train went by.

    Rumour has it that activities within a service were co-ordinated with the train timetable … …

    By Christopher HILL (29/11/2023)

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