Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Hanham Tabernacle (now Hanham United Reformed Church), Hanham
Hanham Tabernacle (now Hanham United Reformed Church),
Tabernacle Road, BS15 8DU,
Hanham, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 18th century, and we understand it is still open.

This building is marked on Old Maps, for example OS 1882 1:2,500 variously as Independent (1882), and Congregational (1916) Chapel; today however it belongs to the United Reformed Church.

It is a rectangular building, with sides of 3 bays of round-arched windows, between which are a pair of (roofed) buttresses. There are 2 longer round-arched windows at the front, on either side of a central doorway, above which is a rose window, containing 8 'petals', and around the outside "Congregational Church 1840". According to Phil Draper's Church Crawler website, it was founded in the 18th century by George Whitefield, and the date of 1840 is a rebuilding, followed by a remodelling in 1998. Intriguingly, a comment on the Hanham Local History Society blogspot says George Pocock, a local schoolmaster, was instrumental in its building. They also mention his other achievement - wind-powered locomotion, by harnessing a kite, or kites to land based transport, described by John Latimer in 1827, in his Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887), pp.121-123.

It seems probable Phil is correct, as it is close to so many other Chapels founded by Whitefield in the area, and therefore George Pocock must have been instrumental in its rebuilding. Curiously, however, I have not been able to identify an entry in the Religious Census of 1851 covering Hanham (HO 129/327 - Keynsham), and it should have been in existence by then; neither is it mentioned by Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986), so that is the extent of my knowledge.

The graveyard to side, and the rear of the chapel is quite extensive, with gravestones still in situ.


Now or formerly Independent/Congregational.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference ST6403772542. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 28 Aug 2011 at 15:09.

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This Report was created 18 Oct 2018 - 11:22:32 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 25 Sep 2018 at 07:14.

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