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New Room (Bristol)

The New Room is one of a number of interesting places of worship n the historic city of Bristol.

Situated in Horsefair, it was one of the early buildings devoted to Methodism, which was particularly strong in Bristol. George Whitefield had been preaching to crowds of up to 20,000.

John Wesley set up the New Room in 1739, not as a Methodist chapel, as he still regarded himself as an Anglican. It was intended to be a room where discussions between ministers could take place.

After the New Room became a chapel, Charles Wesley was minister here for some years.The chapel itself is simple and dignified, and there are several rooms for discussion.

Outside the New Room is a statue of John Wesley on horseback.

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