History of The New Room
Event During September 2016
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Friday, 30 September at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Hilary Cooke

Event During October 2016
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Friday, 07 October at 10:00 AM
Launch of new exhibition - 'Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake'

Friday, 07 October at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd David Weeks

Friday, 07 October at 1:20 PM
Lunchtime Concert by Marilyn Taylor and Team

Saturday, 08 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake Exhibition

Monday, 10 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Tuesday, 11 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Tuesday, 11 October at 10:00 AM
The New Room will be CLOSED to visitors until 1pm today due to a Volunteers' Meeting

Wednesday, 12 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Thursday, 13 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Friday, 14 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Friday, 14 October at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service by Revd Phil Hewett

Saturday, 15 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Saturday, 15 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake Conference

Monday, 17 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Monday, 17 October at 1:00 PM
Bards of Avalon Therapeutic Sound Bath for relaxation

Tuesday, 18 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Tuesday, 18 October at 1:30 PM
Qigong Bristol: outside taster session in the courtyard

Wednesday, 19 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Wednesday, 19 October at 1:30 PM
Laughter Wellness workshop with Joe Hoare

Wednesday, 19 October at 2:00 PM
Laughter Wellness workshop with Joe Hoare

Thursday, 20 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Thursday, 20 October at 12:00 PM
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity needs your help

Thursday, 20 October at 1:00 PM
An Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Veronica Pollard

Friday, 21 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Friday, 21 October at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service by Revd David Deeks

Saturday, 22 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Saturday, 22 October at 1:00 PM
Talk - 18th century perspective of health and wellbeing

Friday, 28 October at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service

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New Room Bristol


There follows extracts from the former official guidebook.


The History

John Wesley came to Bristol in 1739 at the invitation of George Whitefield, who asked him to take over his work of preaching to the open air crowds which he had gathered. Wesley preached his first open air sermon in this country on April 2nd in a Brickfield in St. Philip’s Marsh and continued this work later at Hanham Mount and several other places. Religious Societies in Bristol then increased in size, and on May 9th Wesley bought the land and on May 12th laid the foundation stone of what he called "our New Room in the Horsefair", which was built as a place to expound the Scriptures to the Societies. It is thus the first Methodist building in the world.

When the Societies were united here, they became the first Society fully under Wesley’s control. In 1742 it became the first Society to be divided into Classes with Leaders. In 1748 the building was enlarged and to some extent reconstructed.


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