Saturday, 10 October 2009

Methodists in east Bristol (cont) and CATS


I ought to have mentioned that changes in demographics also led to the demise of east Bristol Methodism, (and Anglicanism)

The immigration of West Indians, and of South Asians changed the face of Easton. Growing prosperity and (white flight?) led to the children and grandchildren of old time Easton residents leaving for the new eastern suburbs of Downend, Bromley Heath, Oldland Common and Longwell Green. Others moved to the “new town” of Yate, some 8 miles east of Bristol.

West Indians were not welcomed by the existing congregations, so they formed their own. Tudor Road Methodist Church was sold to a (I believe) Church of God in Christ congregation as many as 50 years ago.

The old Redfield Methodist Church became a Sikh Temple.

My mother joined the Church of England, and her Church, St. Mark’s was in due course closed and merged with St. Anne’s, Greenbank. St. Mark’s Church (an interesting neo-Norman building) was converted into apartments, whilst the Church Hall became a Mosque.

St. Thomas Church of England on Fishponds Road was acquired by a Black congregation, as was the former Eastville Park Methodist Church, also on Fishponds Rd.

But in what we might call “Greater Kingswood” – the area where John Wesley preached - Methodism seems to have fared a little better. I’ve counted 12 Methodist Churches which yet survive. (These are in the areas of Kingswood, Hanham, Staple Hill, Shortwood, Longwell Green and Oldland Common.)


6:00 a.m. today

"Hey Dad. We've waited, and waited. Now open up that can of food, enough of this dry stuff"

"We are looking at the fridge. Can't you take a hint"

1 comment:

  1. Amazing, isn't it, the ability we have to communicate without using language as humans know it at all? Our cats communicate their needs quite effectively and with enough detail to get exactly what they want. And if we ignore them, they become insistent and pounce on us!