New Room, Bristol
The New Room ( grid reference ST592733 ) 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 a dispensary and schoolroom for the poor people of the area. The pews and benches were made from old ship timber. The courtyards around the building contain statues of John Wesley and his brother Charles. In 1748 it was extended possibly by the Quaker George Tully because of the stylistic similarities with the Friends’ Meeting House at Quakers Friars of the same period. After Wesley's death the property passed into the hands of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. In 1909 it was given back to the Methodist Church. The John Snetzler Chamber Organ of 1761 is a 20th century addition following the restoration of the building in 1929 by Sir George Oatley. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building, and is the only piece of land in Broadmead for which the freehold has not been bought by Bristol City Council during expansion after World War II. Plans are currently under development for a visitor centre to be created.