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The New Room

A Grade I Listed Building in Bristol, City of Bristol

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Latitude: 51.458 / 51°27'28"N

Longitude: -2.5902 / 2°35'24"W

OS Eastings: 359091

OS Northings: 173386

OS Grid: ST590733

Mapcode National: GBR C9J.46

Mapcode Global: VH88N.2M15

Plus Code: 9C3VFC55+5W

Entry Name: The New Room

Listing Date: 8 January 1959

Last Amended: 30 December 1994

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1202025

English Heritage Legacy ID: 379024

ID on this website: 101202025

Location: Kingsdown, Bristol, BS1

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Bristol St Stephen with St James and St John the Baptist with St Michael and St George

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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ST5973 BROADMEAD, Broadmead
901-1/40/481 (North side)
08/01/59 The New Room
(Formerly Listed as:
Wesley's Chapel)


Shown on OS map as John Wesley's Chapel.
Chapel. 1739, enlarged 1748. Possibly by George Tully.
Restored 1929 by Sir George Oatley. Roughcast with limestone
dressings and hipped pantile roof.
Aisled hall plan, with galleried interior lit by central
octagonal lantern. Mid Georgian style. 2 storeys; 2-window
The S front has a square-headed door with pronounced jambs and
key, semicircular 10/10-pane sash window above, and 2
first-floor windows with segmental heads to 8/8-pane sashes. N
front has a central segmental-arched doorway beneath a
segmental-arched window with 10/10-pane sashes, and 3
second-floor windows with 6/6-pane sashes.
INTERIOR: 4 bays with Tuscan columns, carrying panelled
galleries to the sides which curve in to the S end window. A
tall central octagonal lantern lit by 10/10-pane sash windows
to each side, and with 6/6-pane sashes to upstairs rooms to N
and S; NE conference room; first-floor has central full-length
dining room with Doric pilasters and study rooms to E and W
with fireplaces, one with an elliptical rubbed-brick arched
surround and blue tiles.
FITTINGS: a 2-tier pulpit at the E end with ramped handrail
and railed area in front, with column-on-vase balusters, box
pews to centre and fronts of galleries, fixed benches to
sides, and original communion table; organ by John Snetzler,
1761, given 1939; poor box, 1755, on N door.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the first Methodist meeting room in the
world, bought by Wesley and Whitefield in 1739 and enlarged in
1748. Originally square and with an entrance from the N, it
was extended by the addition of a further bay and an entrance
from Broadmead. The restricted site required living
accommodation to be placed over the Meeting Room, and the
whole interior to be lit by the lantern.
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 130; Sell: John Wesley's Chapel:
Bristol; An Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels...in Central
England: Stell C: Gloucestershire: London: 1986-: 65).

Listing NGR: ST5911373251

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