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Emmanuel Church, Apsley Road

Emmanuel Church was consecrated in 1909, at a cost of 439 1s 1d, excluding the cost of the land. It was an "iron clad" building with the inside lined with pine.
St Bartholomews original church in Junction Road, Oldfield Park was similar.

Outside View

Picture of the outside

 

Inside view

Picture of the inside

 

The original Emmanuel Church was badly damaged in the Bath Blitz, and in September 1942 it was declared beyond repair.

Although there was a bomb (4079) at the junction of Apsley Road and Newbridge Hill, a parishoner, Cyril Ball, in his book The "History of a Parish" attributes the damage to the church to the bomb (4076) that fell in Rosslyn Road.

This is how his book explains it:
"During the Baedeker air raids on Bath on the 25th and 26th April 1942, bombs fell in the Newbridge Hill and Newbridge Road district which gave rise to widespread destruction and some loss of life.
Amongst the damage caused was the complete destruction of two houses in Rosslyn Road, many roofs blown off, windows blown in and No. 8 Lyme Gardens (which abuts on Emmanuel Church grounds) rendered almost uninhabitable. It seems that it was the result of blast from the bombing of the two houses in Rosslyn Road which caused the complete collapse of the north and east sides of Emmanuel Church, and obviously the roof and other parts of the building."

The current Emmanuel Church dates from 1953, is of stone construction, and occupies the same site.

 

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