John Wesley's Chapel

Local nameJohn Wesley's Chapel
LocationBristol, UK

The New Room is a historic building in Broadmead, Bristol, England.

It was built in 1739 by John Wesley and is the oldest Methodist chapel in the world. Above the chapel are the rooms in which Wesley and other preachers stayed. The chapel includes a double decker pulpit, which was common at the time, and an octagonal lantern window to reduce the amount paid in Window tax. In addition to meetings and worship, the New Room was used as a dispensary and schoolroom for the poor people of the area. The pews and benches were made from old ship timber. The Baldwin and Nicholas Street Methodist groups combined to form the United Society, which met at the New Room from 3 June 1739. Wesley insisted that meetings at the New Room should only be held outside of Anglican church hours as he wanted Methodism to complement rather than compete with Anglican worship.

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More information and contact


Official website


Phone +44 117 926 4740

Address 36 The Horsefair, BS1 3JE Bristol, UK

Coordinates 51°27'28.702" N -2°35'24.632" E

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