Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Hanham Ebenezer Methodist Church (The "Pound Chapel"), Hanham
Hanham Ebenezer Methodist Church (The "Pound Chapel") (link to Chapel's website)
Chapel Road, BS15 8SD,
Hanham, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel does NOT have 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 1851, and we understand it is still open.

This building is marked on Old Maps, for example OS 1882 1:2,500 as a Methodist Chapel (United). It occupies an extensive plot but unlike Hanham's Independent and Baptist Chapels, it does not appear to have had its own graveyard.

The church's website says it was founded in 1851, by a group of people who are described in the chapel's deed as "holding the same doctrines as the Society of Methodists established by the Reverend John Wesley, but no longer members due to expulsion by the preachers known as The Methodist Conference". Building a chapel was not without problems as "the men were mostly labourers and colliers, who worked long hours and had little money. They had, however, unbounded faith, energy and enthusiasm and they made their plans ... their church should be built by them in their spare time! The women helped by bringing the evening meal and those early days saw many a supper party amongst the growing walls of our beloved Church. Our Candlelight Service in December is a yearly reminder of this truly great period".

The village Pound stood opposite the Chapel, and thus it became known affectionately as the "Pound Chapel". The Church bought the Pound in 1878, and converted it into a Sunday School. Foundation stones for the new building were laid by William BUTLER and Handel COSSHAM, but "the original medieval walls were retained and must be some of the oldest stonework in Hanham".

The website account, of which the above is a very brief summary, is an extract from the Church's Centenary Souvenir booklet, published in 1951.

The entry for the Chapel in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Gloucestershire (1986) is recorded under 'Kingswood (near Bristol)', describing it as "Free Methodist", founded in 1851, enlarged in 1903, and "with mid 19th-century pedimented front of ashlar; apparently designed by D. Whitchurch". They include a photograph of it prior 1981, before it was "entirely refronted".


Now or formerly Free/United Methodist.

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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference ST6428172358. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 15 Jul 2013 at 08:29.

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This Report was created 21 May 2018 - 15:44:34 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 29 Mar 2018 at 10:29.

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