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Chapel/ Bedminster union/Long Ashton Union
published by uphill on Thu, 25/01/2024 - 17:03

St George Chapel/Church built 1860 at the

Bedminster Union Workhouse/ Long Ashton Union Workhouse/ Cambridge House/ Farleigh Hospital (all the same place !) - when this was sold to developers  - the Chapel/Church was converted to offices. On the borders of Long Ashton/Flax Bourton.

My question - does anyone know where the  Church/chapel REGISTERS were deposited when the building was decommissioned ?

Grateful of any help !


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Submitted by Pat Hase on Fri, 26/01/2024 - 10:13

There is a large collection of documents relating to the Bedminster and Long Ashton Poor Law Union at the Somerset Archives   https://somerset-cat.swheritage.org.uk/records/D/G/bd  There is also a collection under Farleigh Hospital but I cannot immediately see any reference to the chapel.  Contact the Somerset Archives who may be able to be of help.

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Submitted by uphill on Fri, 26/01/2024 - 16:12

Pat, Thanks for replying. I should have mentioned I recently checked both Bristol and Somerset archives online for any records on the Chapel. Also I have checked with both archives - but many years ago -if they knew the location of the registers (nothing)- not done this recently.  Was hoping that maybe someone researching or transcribing may have come across them - as if by magic ?!  There's always hope !

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Submitted by peter_scott71 on Mon, 12/02/2024 - 11:19

It's not directly relevant, but the workhouse collection includes a register of births in the workhouse. It gives date of birth sex of child name of mother parish and whether legitimate. I don't recall a register of baptisms. My assumption is that the chapel was not consecrated.

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Submitted by peter_scott71 on Mon, 12/02/2024 - 12:02

I think I have the answer. My grandfather was baptised in Long Ashton church.

So there wouldn't be expected to be a register for any chapel in the workhouse. There was no chapel in the original design. The chapel was built at the expense of William Gibbs of Tyntesfield, which I think indicates that it would have been private and not licensed for any rites of the established church.

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Submitted by uphill on Mon, 12/02/2024 - 18:56

Bedminster union :My interest - the family concerned were not in the workhouse but were locals who were unable due to illness to get to church at Long Ashton/Flax or Barrow Gurney - their child was christened at the chapel by a local vicar - not sure which one  - I do think  that chapel was consecrated as  the family would have been quite sharp on that .... but  thats why i am trying to find the records.....

As regards your Browns at Wraxall - recommend visit to Taunton to possibly look at other Wraxall records from the parish chest  ?

Best wishes

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Submitted by Pat Hase on Tue, 13/02/2024 - 17:40

I agree with you, Peter.  Looking at our transcriptions of baptisms at Long Ashton Church there are 49 entries between 1843 and 1896 where the abode is given as "Workhouse, Long Ashton"   

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