Kingswood Wesleyan Chapel was established in 1843 by the congregation which had formerly met in Wesley's Kingswood School as a direct response to plans to relocate the school to Bath (which finally happened in 1851). The foundation and building of the new chapel were largely driven by local businessmen Samuel Budget and Daniel Flook: the chapel was built in the northeast corner of a large plot between Blackhorse and Waters Roads and had seats for nine hundred, access was originally via a long drive emerging between Nos 368 (now a kebab shop) and 370 Two Mile Hill Road (a solicitors), the gate piers of which can still be seen. A Wesleyan School was added to the south of the building in 1850, followed later by an infant school to the south of that (this later became a meeting room) while the rest of the land was used for burials. In 1978, following lengthy discussions and negotiations the congregation joined with that of the nearby Zion United Free Methodist Church. The building later found use as a dance school, while the old school became a snooker club. By 2004, however both buildings were standing empty and in July the chapel suffered an arson attack which destroyed nearly all of its internal fixtures. The nearby Wesleyan school and hall were converted to apartments in 2009 but plans to renovate the derelict chapel and convert it into 14 apartments were put on hold indefinitely due to planning concerns and a slump in the housing market. The state of the site including the burial ground has recently been the subject of investigations by the local council, who have as a result served the owner with various notices and fines, unfortunately to no avail.
A parcel of the site, comprising the chapel, access road and the portion of the graveyard lying to the east, was put up for auction in November 2014. It is expected that the building will be converted to flats. The future of the rest of the site, including the Wesleyan cemetery, remains uncertain.
Details of the graves (some could not be read)
Grave 1: Edmund Jefferies Davis (husband) 1911, Matilda Manley Davis (wife) 1916, Matilda Ryall 1883.
Grave 2: James Olos 1884, Ellie Abeth (wife) 1891.
Grave 3: Charles C Cox (husband) 1943, Alma Cox (wife no.1) 1888, Sara Ann (wife no.2) 1935, Ella Cambridge Cox 1970
Grave 4: Herbert William (Bertie – 2 year old child) 1888, William Spicer 1907, Mary Elizabeth (wife) 1897, Kenneth Sacer Harris (4 month old grandson) 1919
Grave 5: Isaac Joy 1889, Mary Ann Joy 1915
Grave 6: William Jenkins (husband) 1889, Chrystabel Jane Jenkins (daughter) 1892, Sara Jane (wife) 1914
Grave 7: Daniel Flook 1902
Grave 9: George Wyatt 1961
Grave 10: Elizabeth Wood (mostly unreadable)
Grave 11: Abraham Pratten 1879, Clementina Pratten (wife no.1) 1864, Elizabeth Pratten (wife no.2) 1877
Grave 12: Alfred Oliver Price 1956, Hester Price 1956
Grave 14: Sofie Tucker 1891, William Tucker 1893, Emily Prior 1937, Henry Prior 1937
Grave 15: Sidney Gilbert Pillinger 1965, Arthur Conrad Pillinger 1974
Grave 16: Hester Smith (daughter) 1857, Samuel Smith (grandfather) 1865, Samuel Frankcam (husband) 1889, Mary Frankcam (wife) 1907
Grave 17: Isaac Bird 1856, Mary Bird 1871
Grave 18: John Collins 1880
Grave 20: Ann Pool (wife) 1850, John Pool (husband) 1862
Grave 23: Hannah Bailey (wife) 1872, John Bailey (husband) 1889
Grave 24: Details – Susannah Wolland 1904, Sarah Elizabeth Wolland 1912, Emily Wolland
(daughter of Sarah) 1939
Grave 25: Gilbert Charles (3 year old son) 1880, Anne Taylor (wife) 1922, Charles Taylor (husband) 1927
Grave 26: George Britton (husband) 1894, Sarah Britton (wife no.1) 1856, Ann Britton (wife no.2) 1891, Arthur Britton (son) 1866
Grave 27: Francis Jefferies (husband) 1871, Jane Jefferies (wife) 1907, Matilda (daughter) 1873
Grave 28: Hester Clark (wife) 1879, William Clark (husband) 1895, Hester Clark (daughter aged 10) 1859, Adelaide B Clark 1912
Grave 29: Emma Whippie (1st wife of Jacob Whippie) 1851, Sarah Bodman Whippie (2nd wife of Jacob Whippie) 1861
Grave 32: Matilda Burchill 1871
Grave 33: Unreadable (4 month old child) 1863, Jane Olos (wife no.1) 1863, Robert Olos (husband) 1892, Ellen Olos (wife no.2) 1895, Edwin George 1898, Elizabeth Matilda (wife of Edwin) 1901
Grave 34: Rossiter (first name unreadable) 1890, daughter 1855, Louise (daughter) 1863, Alber Caple (son) 1858
Grave 35: Rosina Burchill (wife) 1929, George Burchill (husband) 1940, Sarah Burchill (wife) 1908, James Burchill (husband) 1918, Albert Burchill (son) 1890
Grave 37: Priscilla Weight (wife) 1863, John Weight (husband) 1871, Charles J Tyler (son in law) 1892
Grave 38: Dorothy Banks 1862
Grave 40: Elizabeth Rogers 1897
Grave 41: Hannah Jefferies (daughter) 1863, Mary Jefferies (wife) 1894, William Jefferies (husband) 1904
Grave 45: Mary Davis (wife) 1906, William Davis (husband) 1916
Grave 47: George Williams (husband) 1883, Eliza Williams (wife) 1875, Matilda Williams 1879, Nathaniel Williams 1886
Grave 49: Mary Gregory (wife) 1865, James Gregory (husband) 1872, Anne Gregory (daughter) 1907, Emily Gregory (daughter) 1922
- Added: 14 Jan 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2632286
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